“I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” Psalms 16:7-8 NLT
A lot goes on while we are asleep. Our loving Heavenly Father knows our needs and overnight, because He is so close to us, He helps our innermost being, our “heart”, reset itself ready for the next day. How often have I placed my head on my pillow, thinking of some insoluble problem, only to find when I wake up, that a solution is waiting for me. But at other times, the problems I take to the pillow can often re-emerge in the early hours, debilitating and troubling.
Insomnia was not the norm for David. But it can be for many of us. David, the Psalmist, is able to declare his absolute trust in God because he knew Him. And because of that trust and knowledge he was able to face into anything his world threw at him, secure in his relationship with God. What an amazing place to be. And it is just as accessible for us. David developed that trust in God, because his loving Father looked after him. I look back in my life and I see those times where God has looked after me as well. God has always been right beside me – I only have to reach out and grab His hand if the terrors in the night keep me awake. And allow Him to reset my heart ready for the next day.
“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.”