"I will bless the Lord who counsels me—even at night when my thoughts trouble me. I always let the Lord guide me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:7-8 CSB
Do you ever find yourself lying in bed at night with a million things on your mind? David had this very problem in Psalm 16, but he also provides an example on how we are to address our worries. Even though David himself was struggling, he had complete confidence in God. David trusted the creator of feelings, not what he was feeling. David knew God wouldn’t fail him, and we should look to this Psalm as an example on how to handle things when our minds seem to play things over and over, keeping us up at night.
One thing we learn from this Psalm is that even when our thoughts trouble us, we are to bless the Lord—we are to praise God in our struggles as well as our victories. God is holy and to be revered.
The next thing we find in verse 9 is that David doesn’t take initiative and try to do things his way. Sometimes we want to take matters into our own hands. Sometimes we think we can handle things better than God, but I know in my own experience this never works out. Let God guide you.
Finally, David declares—and I use this term carefully—outwardly the confidence he may not be feeling when he says, “Because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8). Sometimes reciting Scripture out loud to ourselves is what we need. We need to remind ourselves of who God is and who we are not.
We are going to have struggles in this life, but rest assured, like David, our confidence is in our Creator. If you are lying in bed at night with the world on your shoulders, follow David’s example: Praise God, let God have your burdens, and preach the Gospel to yourself. God is good, sisters...never forget that.
Father, I thank You that my confidence rests in You. I praise You in the good times and in the bad. I trust You and I thank You that because of the good news of the Gospel, I know victory is Yours. When I worry, remind me of Your Word. When I try to control, remind me that You are God and I am not. Help me to remember Your Word in my struggles. I love You, Father. Amen.
Do you find yourself staying awake at night due to stress, struggle, or worry? Spend time in Psalm 16 this week, and learn from how David responds to his own struggles.