Have you ever lain awake at night, longing for the morning? Sometimes the night seems endlessly long, and we can’t wait for it to be over. (Perhaps it’s an older person’s complaint – I don’t remember feeling like this when I was young!)
The psalm set for today, Psalm 130, talks about watching and waiting for God throughout the night, longing for God more than any watchman would long for the morning light.
The psalmist says,
“…your forgiving love is what makes you so wonderful. This is why I wait upon you, expecting your breakthrough, for your word brings me hope.
… O Israel, keep hoping, keep trusting, and keep waiting on the Lord;
for he is tender-hearted, kind, and forgiving.
He has a thousand ways to set you free!” (The Passion Translation)
Sleeplessness can come for many reasons – anxiety, discomfort, an over-stimulated mind, or anticipating an early alarm call. But whatever reason keeps us awake, we can join with the psalmist in hoping, trusting, waiting on the Lord. After all, he has a thousand ways to set us free!