When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
There are some interesting answers to the questions I often ask men who are struggling in life, “Do you know where you want to go” is one of them. The inquiry usually causes some conflict because most men don’t know the answer. However the pondering of the question can begin the journey. If I can challenge you to consider the path of your life, then the journey becomes defined.
I was always told one of the biggest reasons to work hard and lead a good life was the reward of being able to “put your head on your pillow at night.” For me the path of life is usually pondered in my bed, that special time of lying awake and considering where I am and where I should be going. The time lying awake could be a beneficial time or a time of torment. Most of us have trouble sleeping because of the conflict that we have concerning life. Sleepless nights are usually the symptoms of a troubled soul.
It’s funny how when my wife and I go to bed she will often take that time to get my attention. The posture of lying down and quieting my spirit tends to give way to a deeper thought process. Pillow talk with God is also a time for Him to get my attention. The difference between a good night sleep and a restless night depends on the conversation. In Psalm 63, David is running for his life from Saul because of the great success God gave David in battle. The greeting David received from the women coming out to greet King Saul started a resentment from Saul towards David, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”
There was probably a big contrast between the sleep David was having compared to Saul. We read later on that the troubled spirit that haunted Saul caused him to seek mediums and fortune tellers, at one point there is a strange account of Saul summoning Samuel from the dead (1st Samuel 28).
Psalm 63 reveals a pattern that David followed that kept him in perfect peace. He was able to consider the goodness of God by seeking Him.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
David’s recognition of God is a key ingredient to a good night’s sleep. The counsel I often give a man who is having trouble sleeping is the read some of David’s other writings; “Read Psalm 51 and 139 and call me in the morning.” These meditations lead us to focus on God and the necessary steps to peace with God. Confession, repentance and the acknowledgement of who God is brings us to a place of rest for our souls.
So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, “meditate on Psalms 51 and 139 and call me in the morning.” Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate.” – Charles Stanley
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, Psalm 33:18