I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your Wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your Right Hand upholds me.
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
God is gracious to reveal the gut-wrenching humanity of His heroes. They suffered at the hands of their enemies, their friends, and their families. They suffered from their own mistakes. Christ suffered their first three trials. David suffered all four. Both were kings.
Both had the world at their feet. Both had the world's feet on them. They suffered mental anguish--most notably for Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and David in his years on the run. Consider David's nighttime anguish as his mind and body raced from fears and foes.
'I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak' (Psalm 77:3-4). Yet in verses 5-12 of Psalm 77, David reveals the solution to a racing mind:
'I have considered the days of old,
The years of ancient times.
I call to remembrance my song in the night;
I meditate within my heart,
And my spirit makes diligent search.
Will the Lord cast off forever?
And will He be favorable no more?
Has His mercy ceased forever?
Has His promise failed forevermore?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah
And I said, 'This is my anguish;
But I will remember the years of the Right Hand of the Most High.'
I will remember the works of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will also meditate on all Your work,
And talk of Your deeds.'
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the A Racing Mind series.