There are quite a few things which can keep me up at night. I don’t know about you, but I can be awakened from a deep sleep thinking about something that needed to be done or something that is pressing. It is hard to dismiss those thoughts once they make their appearance. No matter how tired I am, there seems to be a replay of the things on my list or the items which are most urgent. Peaceful sleep becomes a welcome gift in the middle of the chaos.
The Psalmist must have understood what it was to be awakened in the middle of the night – staring at the ceiling – worrying about things which should not be worried about. But instead of focusing on the worries, he calls attention to the goodness of God. He is thinking and meditating on God. He is filled with joy and songs consume his heart. God has been his help. He is being held by God, protected with this almighty hand.
Maybe this is the origination of the theme of gratefulness as we drift off to sleep. Considering God’s works can be a powerful reminder of how God is always with us. Being reminded of his goodness helps us understand he is not leaving us. Bringing to mind how he has protected us can bring a sense of safety. This is much better to fill our minds than the worries and concerns which overwhelm us and awaken us in a cold sweat. This is a relief when our souls are so wearied.
How has God been there for you? How has he protected you, shown you his goodness, reminded you of his presence? Where is God working in your life? May we be awakened today by the love of God. May it consume our minds and fill us with goodness. May we let the cares and concerns of this world go and replace it all with gratefulness.
5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
6 when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
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