Monday, January 23, 2012

The Sleepless

It's one o'clock in the morning and I am awake again, unable to go back to sleep. I've had four hours of sleep so far tonight, and I hope I get more before the night is over. My children are peacefully resting in their bedrooms. My husband is sleeping in another state, he is away on a business trip. Both my dogs are snoozing blissfully. Right now, it's just me and God, again.
God has been putting the Psalms on my heart a lot lately and this time I awoke with Psalms 4.  "Answer me when I call, O God, of my righteousness!" And it continues on to say: "But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself the Lord hears when I call to Him. Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still' Offer sacrifices of righteousness. And trust in the Lord"  The last verse: "In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For you alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety."
God does answer me! With this Psalm He is answering me. He has been so tender towards me, speaking to my needs and wrapping my heart in His love. He has set me apart, just as this psalm says, and He always hears when I call to Him. As I come before His throne, I do tremble, asking Him to enable me to walk as He walks, to be still, to think on Him and to trust only Him. The peace that Jesus gives is the deep knowledge that no one can take away my eternal safety. No one can steal my soul. The peace is that no one can take Jesus from my heart or me from His heart, I am safe there forever--Captured.
He continues to bring promises to me at odd hours. He sustains me. When I am physically and emotionally exhausted, He carries me through. For He is good, and His way is light.
Jesus, Say That Again, and I will follow. You hear when I call, You set my apart. And, You make me dwell in safety. Because of You I will lie down and sleep.

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