SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER, 2017 READ – DAY: 1 John 3; Night: Ezk 17-18
THEME: HOW SCARED ARE YOU?
TEXT: PSALM 4:1-8
HYMN: EMHB 947- The night is come wherein at last we rest
This Psalm is titled, ‘Thoughts in the night’. The darkeness of the night symbolises fear and doubt. Children express fear at night, adults associate the night with many stories of danger picked from childhood days. The terrors of the night because the wandering thoughts at nights remind us of dangers around. No wonder the Psalmist says, ‘In peace I will both lie down and sleep’ (verse 8). Why? It is the Lord alone that gives safety.
Petrus Herbert writes in his hymn:
The night is come wherein at last we rest;
God order this and all things for the best;
Beneath His blessing fearless we may lie,
Since He is nigh.
The faith in God, as the Lord of the universe, of the night and of the day, helps us dispel the gloom of darkness. Even when sleep has not taken over, our hearts keeps wandering to events of the day. These may bring up the taunt of offenders and cause us pain and make us angry even in the silence of lying in bed. The Psalmist says, ‘Be angry, but sin not; commune in your hearts on your beds, and be silent. (Verse 4)
It is the presence of the Lord in your time of rest that controls what reactions will follow your thoughts. Silence and the peace of a good sleep may be refreshing for a new day.
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 4:8. “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
PRAYER: Thou, my rock, my guard, my tower. Safely keep me, while I sleep with all thy power. Amen.