How do we get from this – “Lord, you are the God who saves me” (Psalm 88:1) – to this – “darkness is my closest friend” (Psalm 88:18)? – “An enemy has done this” (Matthew 13:28).
God’s people are under constant attack – from Satan, the enemy of God and his people. Satan is a determined enemy.
How are we raised from the “darkness” of Psalm 88:18? How are brought into the assurance of salvation of Psalm 88:1?
We must remind Satan that he’s, also, a defeated enemy. We do not claim that, by ourselves, we are able to triumph over Satan. We direct Satan’s attention to Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. We remind Satan that Jesus “loved us and gave himself for us” (Galatians 2:20). We remind Satan that “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Satan will attack us, again and again, but this doesn’t mean that God has stopped loving us. – “Nothing is able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). We remind Satan that Jesus has risen from the dead – and we remind him that Jesus is Lord (Acts 2:32, 36; Romans 10:9).
When are sorely tempted by Satan to retreat from the bright shining light of God’s love, when we are pulled in the direction of the “darkness”, we must look away from Satan to Jesus. We must learn to say, “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Here’s a link to a song that will encourage you in the Lord.