Any man can sing in the day. When the cup is full, man draws inspiration from it.
When wealth rolls in abundance around him, any man can praise the God who gives a plenteous harvest. It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight, but he is skillful who sings when there is not a ray of light to read by – who sings from his heart. No man can make a song in the night by himself; he may attempt it but he will find that a song in the night must be divinely inspired.
When all things go well, I can weave songs from the flowers that grow on my path, but put me in the desert, where no green thing grows, and how shall I frame a hymn of praise to God? When the body is full of health, I can sing God’s praises, but lay me upon the bed of languishing and how shall I then chant God high praises, unless He gives me a song? No, it is not in man’s power to sing when all is adverse.
Habakkuk modeled for us that, “When everything is going in reverse, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Since our maker gives songs in the night, let us wait upon Him for the music.
From: Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon