Darkness Trembles at His Voice

“He wraps Himself in Light,
and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

“How great is our God–sing with me
How great is our God–and all will see
How great, how great is our God.”
Lyrics by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash
copyright and released 2004

     While I cloaked myself in darkness, drawing into the pain and hurt, wallowing in the slop of anger, the Lord was sending His light into the tiny crevices of my heart. Words of encouragement filtered shafts of light through cracks in the bitter walls encasing my heart. The words, the hope, those standing beside me carved their way through the brick casing. 

     Air would fill the hole and I could breathe again. Deep breaths of the pure light of Peace beckoning me to freedom. I teetered on the brink, ready to break free until the hurt called me back to the musty, dank cell of darkness. And there I remained until the black hole trembled at the sound of His gentle words. Words delivered by one of His messengers–a lover of His Word.

     The bright Light began to erode away the wall and the escape to freedom just required me to step through the opening. Bask in the Light. Pour out the darkness before Him. A darkness that could never envelope Him or scare Him away. Darkness was losing its grip on my soul. 

     With each step toward the Light, though, darkness would send spears filled with pain to pierce my heart and remind me of the hurt that could still well up within. 

      Somewhere between the pain and the Light, paper crinkled while I desperately tried to unwrap the food that would give Life and nourishment to my soul. With diligence I pursued the transparent cellophane, thin like the fragile eggshell so new around my heart. In moments, strains of music filled with worship drifted into my wounded heart and began to heal, to soothe the pierced areas. The balm of Gilead. Why had I not reached out before for songs that touch my heart so deeply? I immersed myself in the cleansing waters of praise and worship. The hurt and pain loosened its grip.

     There is Hope because darkness does tremble at the Lord’s voice. And the Lord will never abandon His children no matter how dark the valley or how long the trial. Words tonight from Chris Tomlin’s song along with others on a combined worship CD brought peace and healing. My mind was redirected to focus on the Lord rather than my circumstances. Yes, there will be more moments of pain–some will cut deeply before this journey ends but I pray that I will choose to hold on to the Light and worship Him.

     Thank you to all who have chosen to stand by me on this journey. 

From My Heart to Yours,

Missional Women




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17 thoughts on “Darkness Trembles at His Voice

  1. His light can pierce any darkness. You expressed it so eloquently Janis. Appreciate you sharing this in The Friday Five Fellowship.

  2. Visiting from Barbie’s place- oh that verse and son are precious. May you continue to be immersed in His light, grace and truth…hopeful in Him who is Faithful.

  3. Praise God that He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all! The smallest candle can light a dark room, and may His light shine through each of us to dispel the darkness.

    Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on Saved by Grace!
    Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it by GFC, and I invite you to follow Saved by Grace also:
    Love in Him,
    Laurie Collett

    • Thanks Laurie for visiting and for your encouraging words. His light and His presence do drive out the darkness and reveal the truth! What a blessing.
      Thank you for following. I did the same for you.

    hold tight honey, let that freedom wash all the ick away!
    Hi, i’m your neighbor over at Em’s this week.
    hope you had an amazing rest of your week!


    • Love the excitement in your voice. YES!! I’m hanging onto that freedom that Christ brings. Thank you for visiting.

  5. Hi Janis! I am so glad that you are back in some light now. I was praying that you would be able to feel his presence and rest in him.

    That image of the paper crinkling as you opened was so vivid. What a way with words you have! And there is so much hope with our Lord, I praise him that you have found that powerful hope.

    I can just hear Chris Tomlin singing that song…love it.
    So good to see you here today! From The Friday Five,

  6. Thank you Janis,

    This is beautiful and I needed to read it this morning. I Praise God you are finding light piercing the darkness and I just love that hymn we sing it in church – God Bless x

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