Psalm 121- A song of ascents.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
If you know me, you know I sleep a lot and take my sleep very seriously. If I’m texting you past ten o’clock, you should feel honored because I rarely stay up that late. Last week I slept in LATE while on spring break, but this week I was reminded it takes a lot to wake me up. I’ve been incoherent for about an hour after my alarm goes off. It’s sad for me to think I get about ten hours of sleep every night and I still can’t seem to get out of bed.
Since being quarantined, not only have I had time to notice my sleeping habits, but I’ve also had a lot of time to read my Bible. I stumbled across Psalm 121 a couple days ago and was left in complete shock…
God doesn’t sleep.
This thing I value so much for my own energy is not important to God. Not only is this because God is all powerful, but also because our well-being is more important to him than sleep.
With this, I thought about all the times in the past two weeks I’ve wondered where God was in this storm. But to my shock the Psalmist said, God doesn’t sleep. He’s always watching over us. We all know this time is difficult.
But this is a valley.
While we may not know how long this valley will last, we know that although valleys have low points, they also start to rise again. As the world and everything in it is changing constantly, it’s important to remember and hold onto the fact that God doesn’t change or sleep. Clinging to him is the only way we can find peace. If you’re unsure of how to trust God in this, start by praying. God longs to hear from you…
Day or night.
P.S. Because music consumes most of my time, I’ve found worship is a constant encouragement to me (especially in this time). I want you guys to be encouraged in the same way, so from now on I’ll be linking songs to my posts. For this post I’ve chosen “Highlands (Song of Ascent)” by Hillsong. This song has been reassuring in this time and was a little inspiration for this post. Give it a listen:)