“I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.”
Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Worries that keep you awake at night? Lying there in the quiet while everyone else is sleeping, the darkness seems to distort and magnify even the smallest problem out of all proportion doesn’t it? There’s a solution; David discovered it. He was awake, but he wasn’t dwelling on his troubles.
I love reading Psalm 63 when I’m feeling overwhelmed, it reminds me of David’s ability to refocus and shift his attention from his problems onto the Problem Solver. And that I can do it too.
David’s Solution – Praise in the Desert
This beautiful Psalm is attributed to David, written during his time in the wilderness, when he was fleeing from his enemies. Talk about problems!
Reading this, I wonder how I would react in the same situation. Admittedly, we probably won’t ever be forced in this day and age to literally go on the run from physical enemies and camp out in a desert. But sometimes life can feel that way. And often we face a spiritual wilderness.
When you wake up in the middle of the night, thinking about your child’s plummeting school reports and worry that she might be being bullied, when your bank account is flat-lining again this month, when a loved one is waiting for test results from the doctor, when you’re facing possible job loss – these modern day issues are all very real and threaten to overwhelm us.
What did David do when “life” threatened to overwhelm him? Rather than being filled with pleas for God’s help, David pours out his longing for God Himself. I’m reminded of a song we used to sing in the 1990s that had the lyrics:
“ I seek the Giver not the gift, My heart’s desire is to lift you High above all earthly things, and bring you pleasure Lord.”
I believe this was David’s motive in this Psalm; to seek The Giver, not the Gift. David longed for a deeper connection with God. He compares his soul to the desert he’s hiding out in; dry, parched and weary; he tells The Lord how much he longs for refreshing and renewal. Then, incredibly, he begins to pour out his thanks to God and expresses his hope for the future. What? In the middle of a desert?
He declares his trust and confidence in the hand of God to hold him securely.
David’s Troubles Were Overshadowed By His Remembrance of God’s Greatness
It struck me that David was so involved in worship and thanksgiving that his troubles – very real, life threatening enemies – just get a brief little mention at the end; almost as an afterthought!
If you find yourself lying awake at night, mulling over problems, try shifting your focus from your problems to our All Powerful, Faithful God; the One who promises never to leave you or forsake you.
It’s not that your problems will disappear, but they will certainly be diminished in comparison to God’s Greatness.
“Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 63:7
“Because you are my helper” – Remind yourself who God is. How could we be afraid or overwhelmed with such a God by our side? ON our side!
“I will sing for joy in the shadow of your wings” -David didn’t wait till his circumstances improved before “singing for joy” in all the heat and dryness, still in the run, he found joy in God’s presence and it just spilled out of him in worship; he couldn’t contain it.
Jill © 💜