Psalms of Honesty and Truth
I am confident that I am not the only one who wakes in the middle of the night to think about pressing problems with seemingly no solutions. I go over every detail. I think about ways to “fix it” or lie there in bed remorseful over what I wish could be versus what is. It is human to indulge in this futile exercise but we do it anyway.
After wrestling with our pillows, he idea to pray about it “dawns” on us. We confess, repent and ask for God’s help. We finally give in. God has us where He wants us. We are ready to listen to God.
Then, like the rising dawn of a new day, a new idea or approach to our problem enters our minds. As believers, we know that it is the Holy Spirit who steps boldly into our mixed up thoughts and offers a better way to think. When this wonderful miracle happens, which is one of the perks of our God abiding with us, do we stop and thank Him? Right in the middle of the night, without knowing the outcome, do we praise Him? Right in the middle of our current “storm” of trouble do we look up and give glory to God, our Father, Who knows all and is IN all?
The Psalmist did. “I get up in the middle of the night to thank you; your decisions are so right, so true–I can’t wait till morning!” I love that phrase and will remember it all day long…and in the middle of the night.
Psalm 119: 57-64, The Message
Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise
to do everything you say.
I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile,
be gracious to me just as you promised.
When I took a long, careful look at your ways,
I got my feet back on the trail you blazed.
I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet,
was quick to follow your orders.
The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out—
but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me.
I get up in the middle of the night to thank you;
your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning!
I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you,
of those committed to living by your rules.
Your love, God, fills the earth!
Train me to live by your counsel.
Yes, Lord, train me to live by your counsel and abide with us, still.
In Jesus Name, Amen