Do your problems keep you up at night? There is something about troubles that send us running to God. Oh, we’d like to think that if our lives were peaceful and all our prayer requests were granted immediately (and in the way we would like) that we would be so thankful to God that we would stay ever close to Him. But that is not human nature. Rare is the person who would seek out God when life is going really well. We lean toward the myth of self-sufficiency, and when life is going smooth, it feeds our thought that we can do it all on our own. Blessed is the person who knows that God alone is the source of our help and security, even if it has taken trouble and heart ache to realize this truth.
David, the writer of many Psalms, was often on the run from trouble. While in the wilderness of Judah he penned these words:
I lie awake thinking of You,
meditating on You through the night.
Because You are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to You
Your strong right hand holds me securely.
Psalm 63:6-8 (NLT)
David’s problems were not small when he wrote this. People were lying about him, plotting to destroy him and kill him. Big stuff. Yet, David sang for joy in the midst of his problems. David, instead of fretting through the night, made a conscious effort to think about the Lord and meditate on Him through the night.
If your problems keep you up at night, I too have been a fellow night-fretter. I have laid awake trying mentally to control dilemmas that were uncontrollable in my own power. Those worries caused me insomnia. Many times I allowed troubling issues to rob me from sleep. I am learning, however, that our sense of security is rooted in our attitude of trust in the Lord. That solid foundation of trust in God’s ways allow an indescribable peace that doesn’t make sense to our logical sense, and grants sleep in times of anxiety. One of my nightly rituals has become reading a Bible story to a five-year old. How blessed am I to have this time of focusing on the truths of God’s Word before I lay down my head to sleep. There is so much peace wrapped up in God’s Word!
Like David, we can choose to turn to the Lord during the watches of the night, and if we lie awake, to make a conscious decision to meditate on the good He has done. We grow in trust by clinging to Him, especially in times of concern.