Psalm 77:4-10 (KJV)

4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.
6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?
8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?
9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

No doubt, you can understand where Asaph the psalmist was coming from when he wrote,” You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.”

You’ve spent those sleepless nights, tossing and turning in your bed, considering solution after solution for your dilemmas. Though your body is completely weary, and what you need most is rest, you just can’t shut your eyes.

Because of the heaviness of exhaustion and helplessness, your lips are silent, but your tormented spirit is quietly crying, “Oh my Lord God, I don’t know what to do!”

Yet, please understand, just as a greasy, fast-food burger couldn’t possibly help a bad case of indigestion, analyzing your plight over and over again will never help your troubled soul.

Rather, you must redirect your focus.

Asaph wrote, “I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search… I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High” (Ps. 77:6, 10).

The only thing that will heal you and help you rest is to turn your thoughts to the faithfulness of God.

That is why Paul wrote, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy—meditate on these things.” (Phil. 4:6-8).

Here, Paul offers the blueprint for ending the sleepless night. First, you pray out your anxieties—discuss your troubles with God and give them to Him. Second, you must recall God’s goodness to you with praise and gratefulness.

When you remember God’s amazing ability to create new, un-thought of solutions, His peace will begin to fill your soul. Third, fix your thoughts on God’s glorious character and nature: His omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, and unconditional love.  Whenever your thoughts begin to stray back to your troubles, counter the attack with more of God’s wonderful, never-changing attributes.

It will be difficult, and it will take all of your self-will, but you must change all the focus of your mind to the God who will surely help you overcome every dilemma.

Then, you will find that it’s true that, “He gives His beloved sleep” (Ps. 127:2).

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