Elihu tells us to “Remember to extol His (God’s) work, of which men have sung.” Elihu continues throughout chapter 36 to extol God’s greatness in all the sounds in nature. He refers to a full range of audio images: thunder, lightening, rain, snow storms, etc. In Verse 33, he says that the “crashing” of the lightning and thunder “declare God’s presence.” C. S. Lewis said that God gets our attention through our pain. He whispers to us in our pleasures, but he shouts at us in our pain. We could not hear the wonderful blessings in his whispered promises, if he didn’t get our attention.

The daily bread told a relevant story from Pastor named James H. Brookes. He told of visiting a friend’s house and hearing the music of a bird singing. It was not the ordinary sound of chirping; instead it resembled the strains of a lovely melody. At first Brookes didn’t know where it was coming from; but when he glanced around the room, he saw a beautiful bullfinch in a birdcage. The lady of the house explained that it had been taught to sing that way at night. The teacher would repeat the notes time and again until the bird was able to mimic them. But this was possible only because it was dark and the bird’s attention would not be diverted.

Back in Chapter 35, verse 10, Elihu said that God, “our maker” gives “songs in the night.” It is often true that when the darkness of pain and suffering surrounds us we can finally let go of our hold on all the things of earth and give God our undivided attention.

Brookes concludes, “How often we learn our sweetest songs when the blackness of trial closes in around us….let’s not despair when the darkness of trouble descends upon us. God is with us; God will help us; God will give us a song.”

“Jesus replied, If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!” (Luke 19:40)