Darkness And Light Psalm 139:12

The darkness and the light are both alike to thee.— Psa_139:12.

I wonder how many boys and girls here are afraid of the dark? I’m not going to ask those who are afraid to hold up their hands, because I expect it is a thing they would rather not confess to, but I’m going to tell you a secret. I’m going to tell it to you in a big whisper because I don’t want the grown-ups to hear, so I hope you are listening very hard. Quite a lot of grown-up people are afraid of the dark too!

I wonder why it is that people are afraid of the dark? I think it is because they can’t see, and so their imagination fills the darkness with all sorts of bogies. There is nothing in the dark itself that can hurt us. If you go into a dark room at night it is just the same room as it was in the daytime.

Now the words of our text tell us that darkness and light are both alike to God, and I think that verse ought to help us when we feel afraid of the dark.

1. Will you remember first that God sends the darkness as well as the light. It is His gift and so it must be good. God knows that the thirsty flowers need refreshing, and so He sends the darkness with its gift of dew. God knows that birds and beasts and little children and weary men and women need refreshing, and so He sends the darkness with its gift of sleep.

For every weary sparrow there’s a cosy nest,
For every furry brother there’s a place of rest,
’Tis God our Father knows them and He gives the best.

For all His little children there’s a darktime deep,
When tired eyes are closing as the shadows creep,
’Tis God our Father loves us, and He gives us sleep.
(Florence Hoatson.)

And God knows that if darkness hides some things, it reveals others, and He sends the darkness so that we may see the glory of the stars.
Yes, God sends the darkness as well as the light, and He always gives the best.

2. God is in the darkness as well as in the light. The writer of this psalm was a man who loved God, and he was glad to think that he could never get away from God’s presence. No matter where he went, God’s hand was always there holding him up, and so he felt quite safe. No matter how black the night, God could see him just as well as in the daylight. He was always watching over him and caring for him.

Now I think this should help us when we are afraid of the dark. God loves us, and He will never let anything really hurt or harm us, for He is watching all the time.

When Robert Louis Stevenson was a little boy he was terribly afraid of the dark. One afternoon he was left alone in a room to play, and by mistake he locked himself in and then was unable to unlock the door again. Evening fell, and with it came all his terror of the darkness, of

All the wicked shadows coming, tramp, tramp, tramp,
With the black night overhead.

Then he heard his father’s voice on the other side of the door. He spoke to his little son and told him stories and all sorts of interesting things. And Louis forgot the darkness and forgot his fears until a locksmith arrived to open the door.

Now God our Father is always near. And if we listen to His voice we need fear no darkness, for He loves us and will let nothing hurt us.

3. There is another kind of darkness that God sometimes sends. We call it trouble, and sometimes when it comes we are frightened and cry out. But remember that God sends trouble as well as joy, and so it must be good, because He loves us and sends nothing but the best. He sends it to us so that we may become sweet and brave, that we may grow fit for His kingdom above.

And God is in the darkness of trouble too, as well as in the light of joy. Sometimes the darkness seems so black and deep that we cannot see His face; but He is there all the time. His hand is holding us and leading us, and when He is near nothing can really harm us.

- James Hastings, Children's Great Texts Of The Bible