Rest in the Lord

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.” Psalms 16:7-9 NIV

I will praise the Lord at night.

I loved this verse this week when I read it, but even now I’m not sure exactly what I want to say about it. I have debated just using a small part of it or even choosing a totally different verse. But as I read others and look to choose something else, I don’t. I still feel that this is my verse for this week. Perhaps the Lord is counseling me?

Two stories came to mind when I read this verse. The first is my husband owned his own small business for 25 years. Whenever he had a difficult situation or a problem that needed a solution, he would pray about it and then say, “I’m going to sleep on it.” And I can’t begin to count all of the times he woke up with an answer to the issue; “even at night my heart instructs me.”

The second is that as I get older, I don’t sleep as well. I seem to wake up around 3:30 or 4:00 most mornings. (I’m turning into my grandparents!) And to add to that, I have always been a bit of a worrier. I know the Bible tells us not to worry, but my mind tends to go to everything that could possibly go wrong. So my early, early morning habit when this happens, has been to begin thanking the Lord for all the ways He has blessed me. I thank Him for the very thing that I am worried about and turn it over to Him. And amazingly, I can go back to sleep; “my body also will rest secure.”

So I encourage all of us to praise the Lord who “counsels” us. To focus on Him always so that our hearts may be glad and our tongues rejoice, but also so that we may rest secure with Him at our right hand.

This week, let’s turn our worries and our sleepless nights over to the everlasting God and rest in the Lord.

I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we rest in the Lord.

Blessings and rest!

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