Why is it that night time seems to be a time when thoughts assail and run like flashes of lightning through our minds? Why does it seem during those long nights that we cannot even connect one thought to another as we turn this way and that, onto our stomach, then side, then the other side, kicking the covers off, then pulling them back on?
Does anyone relate to this? I think I heard a resounding YES! floating through the air currents in answer to that question. I have learned some things about these nights and I no longer wrestle with them or fight to get back to sleep. I no longer dread looking at the clock at 12 midnight, 1 am, 2 am, 3 am. Why? Because I let God have my nights and He can do with them whatever He wants now.
Let me explain. A few years ago I stumbled across this Psalm: “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me” (Psalm 16:7 NIV). And this one: “You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night” (Psalm 17:3a NKJV).
And while we’re at it, here are a few more to complete the picture. Add these to your nighttime “arsenal:”
“Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:2 NKJV).
“O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent. But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel (Psalm 22:2-3 NKJV).
“Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5b NKJV).
“The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me-A prayer to the God of my life” (Psalm 42:8 NKJV).
“When 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” (Psalm 63:6-7).
“The day is Yours, the night also is Yours;” (Psalm 74:16a NKJV).
“I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search” (Psalm 77:6 NKJV).
“In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire” (Psalm 78:14 NKJV).
“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day” (Psalm 91:5 NKJV).
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night” (Psalm 92:1-2 NKJV).
“He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to give light in the night” (Psalm 105:39).
“I remember Your name in the night, O LORD…” (Psalm 119:55a).
“Behold, bless the LORD, All you servants of the LORD, Who by night stand in the house of the LORD!” (Psalm 134:1).
“If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me” (Psalm 139:11).
“Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You” (Psalm 139:12).
He is with me in the night when my thoughts are rampaging; He is with me in the night when my heart is breaking. His song is with me in the night. He is with me in the night “seasons” when my soul is going through a long season of darkness.
He is with me!
He is for me!
Oh Lord, my God, what would I do if I didn’t know this to be a fact of my real life, and not simply words on a page. Thank You my Lord.