Focus on God; August 28, 2022

Psalm 63:6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.

This Psalm speaks beautifully of the blessings of being in a situation where we are forced to depend on God. The preface to this Psalm says he was “in the Desert of Judah,” which is a very dry place indeed, and that means it was when he was being actively pursued by Saul, who wanted to kill him. As has been said, such a situation can really focus your attention! Life can be extremely distracting in many ways, so God allows things to catch up with us sometimes to teach us to fix our focus on Him. Insomnia is a frequent result of accumulated stress, and David had the perfect answer. If he was awake, he would think of God. The devil doesn’t like that, and when we choose that over anxiety, the devil generally gives up and lets us sleep! The next verse very poetically gives the result of that: “I sing in the shadow of your wings.” Letting praise and worship songs run through our heart and mind is a marvelous habit for any time of the day or night!

This is something I experience frequently. I woke up this morning with a worship song running through my mind, but I don’t remember which one it was, because the songs that have been made from this Psalm drove it out! Just a week ago I allowed several minor things to pile up in my heart and mind and I was in very rough shape just as the service was about to begin, and I’m the pastor! Today, however, those issues have been resolved and I am at peace. We are such fragile beings! Whether circumstances seem good or bad, I need to keep my focus on my Creator, my Savior, and allow His Spirit to fill my heart and mind. That is indeed the path of rest and blessing that I am to follow, and to teach others to do likewise.

Father, thank You for Your overflowing grace toward me. Help me appropriate it fully, not taking it for granted but living in constant gratitude and obedience. I ask for clear guidance and anointing as I speak this morning, that each one who hears, in person or electronically, may hear You indeed and be transformed, as You intend and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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