I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.
I think of how much you have helped me; I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings. (Psalm 63:6,7 NLT)
I wake up several times every night. I usually fall back to sleep fairly quickly, but occasionally I’m awake for an hour or more. During that time, my thoughts flit here and there, landing first on recent frustrations and then on tomorrow’s to-do list. Stress mounts and sleeplessness increases unless I cage my thoughts and pray over them.
The psalmist experienced sleeplessness too. He utilized those hours by meditating on God, specifically on how much He’d helped him. The result? Joy, and a deeper sense of God’s presence and protection. I think I could learn a thing or two by following his example.
How about you? Where do your thoughts take you when you can’t sleep at night? How might focusing on how God’s helped you in the past change things for you?
“Father, You know our weaknesses and that our minds don’t naturally gravitate toward You. When we can’t sleep at night, please help us focus our thoughts on You. You deserve our attention. Amen.”
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