I woke to a tapping on my soul this morning… grateful when His word gives comfort for my concerns. Knowing He never sleeps or slumbers, I can hold up my heart and hands to Him and He will receive what I hold dear. In the past week or so I have learned of wildfires (see praying for rain) and of health diagnoses that may include a long battle in the future. It’s times like this when I find peace in the Psalms.
“Now the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him — those who depend on His faithful love. We wait for Yahweh; He is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name. May Your faithful love rest on us, Yahweh, for we put our hope in You.” Psalms 33:18, 20-22 HCSB
As I lay awake offering my prayers, concerns, and the lives of loved ones into God’s capable hands, I found more encouragement in the passage of Psalms 33.
“I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. I will boast in the Lord; the humble will hear and be glad. Proclaim Yahweh’s greatness with me; let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.
The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him! You who are His holy ones, fear Yahweh, for those who fear Him lack nothing.
Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who delights in life, loving a long life to enjoy what is good?
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry for help.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.” Psalms 34:1-5, 7-9, 11-12, 15, 17-18 HCSB
Twenty-five years ago or so, I read the words of Psalm 91 for the first time. I was still a pretty young believer and the words surprised me. I didn’t realize that there were verses full of promises from God about His children. The promises weren’t to tell me my life would be full of joy, song, and without difficulties. Instead, they were to remind me that He would be with me, at my side, in the midst of it all.
As I lay awake listening to the hum of the fan in the window, the moon shining on me, I knew that even at that moment- God was singing over me (Zephaniah 3:17) and worry was washed away.
Best Beloved, what is making you stay awake at night? Is it a diagnosis, a relationship? Is it something you can fix at that hour? Put it in the hands of the One who created the sun, moon, stars, and you. He will meet you where you are and give you rest.