Worship in the Midnight Hour

A family received a phone call that their daughter had been killed in a car accident.

A husband told his wife to leave and that their marriage was over.

A friend received an unexpected diagnosis and you sat and grieved together.


They were in the darkest place…they were in the midnight hour.

When we are in the dark, sometimes all we can see is the problem. That place is void of any light.

If we aren’t careful, we can focus so much on the problem and make it so prevalent that it blocks our ability to see or hear from God.

In the dark hour, when nothing makes sense, can we worship and put our hope in Him?

I have personally resisted doing this more than I care to admit over the last twenty-five years because I was devastated, angry with God, or simply found myself guilty of unbelief. I didn’t want to make the effort to change my perspective.

Looking back, I wonder what my friends and co-workers thought of the girl who claimed to live for Jesus, but lost all hope during the storm?

As I was watching another sermon, this one was on the “up next” list.

Sure, the network can predict what might interest me, but no one other than the Lord could lead me to a message that confirmed things I’d read or words that had been spoken to me during the last week.

Listen here: Louie Giglio, Defiant Worship in the Midnight Hour


When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed Be Your Name, Song by Matt Redman

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Supporting Scripture


Three armies were coming against Judah.

Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout Judah.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

The people of Judah had the singers go out before the army and as they praised God, the Lord set ambushes for their enemies and they all completely destroyed one another.

But did you notice that Judah still had to walk into the battle? They didn’t stay back at the camp and sing. No, they walked toward the invading armies and the worshippers went first.

In faith.



Most people know the story of Paul and Silas being in prison, but do you remember how they got there? And what happened afterward?

Blessed Be Your Name

Our defiant worship against the darkness, and during the midnight hour, gets the attention of those around you.

It doesn’t belittle your pain or dry all of your tears, but maybe you can still worship with some words like this:

When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed Be Your Name, Song by Matt Redman

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out, I’ll
Turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out I’ll
Turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name, oh

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

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