Have you ever felt like your prayers were never being heard, let alone answered? Have you wondered if God was even listening...or if He actually cared about the things that concerned you? I am certain we have all felt that way more often than we'd like to admit. I've noticed that I most often feel this way during the night, when I lie awake struggling to get back to sleep. That is when I find myself laboring over the long lists of things that are troubling me, whether they be viable concerns or subconscious fears that boil up to the surface when I am least able to control them.
Like the Psalmist in Psalm 119:145-148,
"I cry out with my whole heart; Hear me, O Lord! I will keep Your statutes. I cry out to You; Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies. I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word."Actually, I would be much better off if I would take advantage of that wakeful time to meditate on God's Word. I find that I am usually so frustrated at being unable to get back to sleep that I forget to do the very thing that would bring the desired result the quickest way...pray, claim God's promises, and trust in His Word.
Psalm 28:7 says, "The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him."
So tonight when those voices of fear, doubt and anxiety start whispering in my ear, arousing me from my much needed rest, I will remember these promises of God...I will "be of good courage", I will let my heart "trust in Him", so that I will be helped and strengthened by His love and power. I pray that I will awaken in the morning with a song of praise on my lips and a heart full of courage. I also pray that I will remember to "wait on the Lord." Then I will definitely see "the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
How about you? Did you need this reminder today? If so, it is my hope that God will meet you in your time of need and help your heart to greatly rejoice...and with your song to give praise to Him. When we deliberately determine in our hearts to praise Him, there is no room for fear and doubt to remain. It has to flee.
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