Today’s Word of Encouragement from Wayne:
"When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You"
Psalm 63: 6-8a
Bless the Lord that we are privileged and equipped, by God’s Holy Spirit, to strengthen ourselves in Him, in the Lord our God, in the evening, and as we retire for the night, and in any "night watches" we may have, by remembering and meditating upon the presence, the help, of our God. "In the shadow of Your wings" was a favorite expression of David’s, representing the complete safety and protection he felt under the caring, loving wings of God. "
In the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy." Praise God, let us do this as well. Let us see God’s presence, within and over us, as the covering of His mighty wings, and let us sing for joy. This sure sounds better, and more life strengthening, than worrying in the night, doesn’t it? It seems David didn’t want to miss an opportunity to strengthen himself in the Lord His God (1st Samuel 30:6) through constantly ministering in His presence, in the shadow of His wings, with praises and songs of joy.
David strengthened himself in the Lord first thing in the morning ("I will awaken the
dawn. I will give thanks to You, O Lord" Psalm 57: 8-9) and he continued to strengthen himself in the night. When David was by himself alone, he was with His Lord, joyful, in the shadow of His wings. Yes, confess God’s lovingkindness in the morning, throughout the day, and into "the night watches." Remember Your loving God upon your bed, and thank Him for "the shadow of Your wings," the perfect place to be, for rest, safety, peace, protection, strength.... and sleep. Hallelujah!