Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraughtâ€¦
But I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voiceâ€¦
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fallâ€¦
But as for me, I trust in you. Psalm 55:1-2, 16-17, 22, 23 (NIV)
Like so many of the psalms â€“ this is a GREAT one! Whether it was David or whoever, the writer is someone with whom I can relate.
I have a relationship with God. We talk all day. He is in my thoughts all day. Some might think that with that kind of ongoing conversations â€“ I would have no reason to â€œpleaâ€! LOL Of course I plead with God! I plead because my mind allows thoughts that confuse and worry me!
Calling out to God is a good choice! Too often I find myself thinking of calling _____. (whoever) Now, God may tell me to call on my sister in Christ. But many times He would like me to get quiet and just allow Him to speak! God will answer!
One of the best â€˜habitsâ€™ that I have cultivated is spending time each night as I lie down, turn off the light, and just talk to God about the day. I hold nothing back â€“ good and bad. I repent as situations come to mind where I made a bad choice or said something I shouldnâ€™t or did something not pleasing to God. That makes for better sleeping! I praise God for the many blessings that He has given through the day. People He put in my path. The words of encouragement that He sent my way. The love I felt. The peace that did pass my ability to understand! And I give God all that â€¦ I donâ€™t know. I cast my cares on Him. I let go â€“ so He can do! I claim His promises. It always amazes me how His Spirit will remind me of His promises. That will lead my mind to where I want to fall asleep â€“ trusting God.
If I had to pick just one thing for which I am grateful to God â€“ I would have to say that through all that He has brought me through â€“ I have learned to trust Him. The refinerâ€™s fire of my divorce, my sonâ€™s death, and all the â€˜littleâ€™ things that I have had to let go (that I thought were so important!) â€“ I have found â€“ trusting God. That is such a precious gift!
Take some time today and read the whole of Psalm 55. Receive the fullness (the completeness) of Godâ€™s words for today. And then when you lie down tonight, review the whole day and let God sift it out. Have a good nightâ€™s sleep on God.