Daivd will be a guest blogger today. He began his career as a sheep herder and ended it as a king. I especially enjoyed what he wrote in Psalm 63: 1-7 Clear Word Translation.
O Lord, you are my God, I see you. My soul longs to be in your presence. My whole being thirsts for you as a desert without water. I have felt your presence while in the Sanctuary. I have seen your power and glory work on people’s hearts and change them. To experience your loving kindness and care is better than anything life can offer; my lips will praise you. I will give thanks to you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands in prayer. My deliverance has been like feasting in your presence. My lips are eager to joyfully sing your praises. When I go to bed, I think of you; when I awake in the night, my thoughts turn to you. You have helped me along life’s path. I feel as secure in your presence as if I were under your wings.
The second part of verse seven David talks about turning his thoughts to God when he awakes at night. Most of the time I sleep really well at night. My head hits the pillow and I’m out til morning. But, sometimes I do wake up in the middle of the night and I have started using that time to lie in bed and pray. Usually when I do this I drift off to sleep quickly. Other times I’m wide awake for awhile, but if I don’t let my mind wander to other things there certainly are plenty of things to pray about!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7