In the stillness, of the moonlight When my thoughts run deep You know all things, that I'm thinking as I fall asleep. When I wake up, to a brand new day You're here with me, hearing all I say In the morning, in the evening I'm surrounded by your love In the darkness, while I'm sleeping You are watching from above Lord you know me, and you loved me Before I took a breath You decided in your wisdom On my birth and death You planned forgiveness Through your precious son Gave him freely, and my heart was won In the morning, in the evening I'm surrounded by your love In the darkness, while I'm sleeping You are watching from above
We used to sing this song at Welsh camp as the final song before bedtime. It was very comforting to have this song in mind when we went to bed in a bug ridden tent at night. In Psalm 139 David says, “Even the darkness is not dark to you”, so even as we are sleeping surrounded in darkness we can know the assurance that the God who knows all things cares for us. He is powerful and will help us overcome our fears in life.
This song also highlights the plans of God. Matthew 10:26-31 teaches us not to be afraid of things in this world, but to trust God who cares even for the smallest sparrow, and likewise the song reminds us of his design for us, our lives and the forgiveness that can be ours through Christ. Even though the night can sometimes seem suffocatingly still, God promises that it will pass and become bright as day. He gave his son and won our hearts, when we trust in him he will carry us home.
Dan Jones, The Church of God in Cardiff