Words from the Heart for Sunday January 8th, 2017
I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.
Psalm 3:5 (NLT)
Watching Over Me
The night can be a time of fear or anxiety. In the darkness our concerns seem to be larger than life. Yet, as believers we can rest in His peace. He watches over us. He is there for us during the dark hours and will go before us into the new day ahead. This is true contentment because of the commitment of the Lord to His own children.
You may not have heard of the International Joint Commission, a body that was created over a century ago to watch over the boundary waters between the USA and Canada and works to achieve consensus on the use of the water. Cooperation is vital for the use and management of shared waters along the common boundary of Canada and the United States. The Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 provides principles for using the waters shared by Canada and the United States. It also created the International Joint Commission to help prevent and resolve water-resource and environmental disputes between the two countries through processes that seek the common interests of both. Under the treaty, the federal governments of the United States and Canada must consent to any project that changes the natural levels or flows of boundary waters.
I heard the story of an elderly woman who was up almost every night worried about her finances, her family and her health. She was getting more and more exhausted from not getting enough sleep. Then one night, as she lay awake, she opened up her Bible to Psalm 3. As she read verse 5, faith sprung up within her. The verse says “I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.” When she read the verse, she realized that the Lord cared for her and her needs and He never slept. So she prayed “Lord, there is no sense both of us being awake over these matters. I’m going to leave them with you” and she rolled over and got the best night’s sleep she’d had in a long time. What a lesson for all of us. King David, who wrote this Psalm, was facing some pretty serious opposition. But he knew that the Lord was on his side and would take care of things better than he ever could. We need to recognize this as well. Have you been awake worrying about things lately? God never sleeps. He doesn’t need the rest, but you do, and He knows it. So why don’t you leave it all with Him. Before going to bed, pray. Let the Lord know everything that is on your heart. Then go to sleep. He has everything under control.
These have been words from the heart.