But none said, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;…
"None sayeth, Where is God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night?" They do not betake themselves to God thus revealed for consolation in their trials. There are some who ask not for God at all, speculative or practical — atheists, who, in conscious fear of Divine holiness and justice and truth, set themselves resolutely to disbelieve in the Divine existence, and strangely choose to be creatures of chance and slaves to inexorable fate, rather than the creatures of a personal God — the children of a Heavenly Father. So, instead of asking for God, they go groping amid old geologic ruins for some substitute for the Eternal One, crying into every skeleton and spectre, "Where is this monstrous thing, 'force' or 'law,' that hides itself in the night?" And in this reference there is an undesigned but withering irony in Job's foregoing confession, "I said to corruption, Thou art my father, and to the worm, Thou art my mother and my sister." And we leave the whole school to the raptures of such a brotherhood and sisterhood — to all the consolation, in coming trials, of the promise unto those who "honour such a father and mother," to fill all the death caverns of unbelief with the sibilation inspired by such a genesis. But be it our blessed privilege to honour a nobler parentage, to cherish holier hopes and higher memories, and to go forth amid present glooms crying, "Where is God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night?"
(C. Wadsworth, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;