Sunday, August 7, 2011

When you can't sleep...

The other night, it was 2:30 am and I was having a hard time going to sleep. For some reason, I could not calm my mind down. It seemed the longer I remained awake, the more I found to be anxious over.

So, I turned to the Word.

"Why am I discouraged? Why so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise Him again -- my Savior and my God

Through each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life."
Ps. 42:5, 8 

"Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand.
You will keep on guiding me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
My heart and flesh may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
But God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever
But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do"
Psalm 73:23-26, 28 (NLT)

As the Lord continued to minister to me through the Psalms, it seemed as if I was reading David's journal -
Since 10th grade, I have journaled pretty regularly my spiritual walk with the Lord. Sometimes, I write out my prayers to help me remained focused. Other times, I record what the Lord is teaching me. I love having a place to pour out my emotions, fears, praises and questions to God. - It seems to me that Psalms was written as if it were David's journal.

I was also intrigued by the fact that the phrases found in Ps 42:5 ("Why so downcast, Oh my soul? Put your hope in God -") appear other places in the following chapters. What a comfort to . know that David was feeling as I do sometimes, knowing that God is the One I must hope and trust in - yet needing to remind myself of that over and over.  

I quickly found myself relaxed, putting my hope in God - I went to sleep with a song to God in my heart - a old song from my youth group days playing over and over in my head. When you're discouraged - Put your hope in God! He'll give you the peace you are searching for!


  1. I am a night worrier for sure. Things that don't bother me that much at all during the day will make me so anxious at night. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. It seems that when my mind actually has a chance to think (at night) I get overwhelmed :) Glad I'm not the only one!