READ : Psalm 119:145-152
I rise before dawn and cry for help. (v. 147 NIV)
It has been a disturbed night for the psalmist. He may or may not have been intentionally wakeful, but either way troubles are preying on his mind. And negative thoughts, even if well-founded, invariably seem larger than life in the small hours of the morning. On the other hand, he has taken positive action, and used the sleepless hours to good effect. Will I, finding myself awake at 3 a.m., automatically be telling the Lord, “This is so that I may meditate on your promises?” Only, I think, if regular practice at any hour has made it a habit. Then “When sleep her balm denies, My silent spirit sighs, ‘May Jesus Christ be praised.’”
Whatever the reason for my “cry for help,” I know I can expect a response from the Lord. I can rely on his love and on his laws (v. 149). Being a righteous God – remember yesterday’s verses – he will be true to his covenant promise to answer my cry. I can rely on his nearness (vv. 150-151). The enemy looms close, but he is closer still; in fact, “Closer is he than breathing, And nearer than hands or feet.” And I can rely on his constancy (v. 152). So the church sings glory to him as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!