The dark night of the soul

Psalm 88


How do you pray when you’re in the dark night of the soul and God is silent?

Heman was suffering physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. No one was around to comfort him; Darkness, his only friend. Heman knew the source and solution of his pain and suffering was God.

Ultimately, Psalm 88 is a monologue where God is distant and silent. There are times that God will be silent, even in the dark night of the soul. Faith is belief in what is unseen, trusting God even in His silence, believing that the dark night will end and the morning shall come.

It’s okay to wrestle with God in our pain. Jesus, the Man of Sorrows and Suffering Servant, knew what it was to experience physical agony, to be betrayed, to be rejected by his people, and to feel forsaken and alone. There is nothing wrong with you if you’re in the dark night of the soul.

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27 Sep 2020

Andrew Grills

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.

27 Sep 2020

Andrew Grills

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.

27 Sep 2020

Andrew Grills

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.

27 Sep 2020

Nick Coombs

Nick is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne East. He loves Jesus, is passionate about connecting deep theology with everyday life, and eager to make a difference in the time he has by helping plant as many churches as possible. After Jesus, Nick loves his wife Jules, and his two kids, Axel and Aria. He holds an MDiv from Ridley College, is a member of Acts 29, an ordained Anglican minister and gives too much of his time to fantasy sports.

27 Sep 2020

Leigh DiProse

Leigh and his wife Helen have been married for 45 years. Together they have had 43 years in Baptist Pastoral ministry in both country and city church landscapes. Being farm raised, both Leigh and Helen love animals and country culture. Together they have complemented one another in ministry as a dynamic team. With four children and nine grandchildren, they are now regularly involved in their 'Ma and Pa' roles! Since retiring from full time ministry he has set up a ministry called ‘Roving Revs’ to give encouraging support to Pastors for ministry continuance. He also serves as lay pastor at City on a Hill Melbourne West where his key responsibilities entail praying, mentoring, discipling, showing pastoral care, encouraging evangelism, preaching and teaching and lending support to the pastoral team.