Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

When I remember Thee on my bed, I meditate on Thee in the night watches, For Thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to Thee; Thy right hand upholds me. Psalm 63: 6-8

What are the thoughts that run through your mind when you lay down to sleep at night?  Mine used to be tormenting.  I would review my day trying to find the link between something I ate or didn’t eat, some supplement I took or didn’t take, some activity I’d done or some environmental toxin that I may have been exposed to and the pain I was experiencing.  I was convinced there was a link or links and if I could determine which of the variable was responsible for the pain, I could eliminate it and get well.  I don’t know which was worse, the pain or the mental torment but both robbed me, not only of sleep, but peace as well.

Then I began purposing to remember Jesus – to meditate on Him and His promises, His faithfulness, His goodness.  I would pick a short, simple phrase like “Thou hast been my help” and repeat it to myself over and over again like a mantra.    Has that taken away the pain?  Not so much, but it has given me relief from mental torment.  I find that pain loses a lot of its ability to destroy my life if I can be at peace and not in fear or torment.  When I meditate on Him and not the variables that may or may not be contributing to my pain, I can be at peace.  How about you?  What thoughts rob you of sleep and peace?  Could meditating on Jesus be a help to you?

Jesus, You have been my help, You are my help, You will always be my help.  When the tormenting thoughts keep me awake, nudge me, I pray so that I can meditate on You.  My soul clings to Thee, whom have I but You?  Thank You for Your presence in my life, Your right hand that upholds me and Your peace that rocks me to sleep.  Amen.


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