"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

The Lord Has Sustained Me

“I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.” – Psalm 3:5

I awoke at 1 am this morning, frustrated that I couldn’t sleep – yet again.  I got up and went to get a glass of water, and went back to bed to lay down; feeling hopeless.  I prayed a quick, almost demanding prayer, “Jesus, I can’t sleep, please help!” With that, my dog hopped aboard almost as if to say, “Stay put.”

Then a saying came to me, and kept running through my mind like it was on repeat. “The Lord has sustained me.” I felt to say it out loud, and almost as soon as I did that, a peace came over me like I had never known.  Many times as a child I had trouble sleeping, and into adult hood I still do.   Prayer is like a sleeping pill without prescription, all you have to do is cry out.

I decided to google the words since I still couldn’t sleep, and to my surprise it was an actual bible verse. I have to admit I’ve never read Psalm 3 in all of my bible reading days, but it is a must read. It is a psalm of David; written at at time when he was running from someone.

Psalm 3

O Lord, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.
So many are saying,
“God will never rescue him!”
But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy mountain. 
I lay down and slept,
yet I woke up in safety,
for the Lord was watching over me.
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
who surround me on every side.
Arise, O Lord!
Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Victory comes from you, O Lord.
May you bless your people.

I must admit in my adult life there are many things that tend to plague my mind and cause anxiety, it’s hard to shut off.  Sometimes we have to learn to give it to God, then go to bed.  The bible says to cast our anxieties on Him because He cares for us.  (1 Peter 5:7) When I read Psalm 3, and heard that saying, I realized that God heard me.   I knew then He was letting me know that He was watching over me. I cried out to the Lord and He heard me.

Then a song came to me almost as if someone was singing it for me.  The song was called “Faithful One.” That He is….  A rock of peace.   Even during Jacobs travels in Genesis 28:10-12, when He lay his head down for a rest upon a rock, He had a vision of a stairway/ladder reaching from heaven to earth; angels of God ascending and descending.  God was revealing himself to Jacob and affirming His covenant with him.  That stairway to heaven was the bridge between God and man.  A direct connection to heaven, guarded, and provided by God.  The tower of Babel was created by man to reach God, as if there was some kind of work we needed to do to reach God, when in reality, it doesn’t matter where we are, all we have to do is cry out, because of the grace of Jesus, and He is there, waiting and faithfully watching over us, even while we sleep.



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