Awake to help me, and behold! You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to punish all the nations; do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors.
PSALM 59: 4-5, NKJV
David describes the enemies as dogs who prowl the city, looking for their prey. Their howls are a chilling reminder of just how near they are.
Danger is not far off. It is close. Loud shrieks and cries from the enemy have always been used to strike terror in our hearts. LET’S NEVER FORGET THAT ANY NOISE OF THE ENEMY, NO MATTER HOW LOUD AND SHRILL IT SEEMS, IS ACTUALLY PITIFUL COMPARED TO THE VICTORIOUS ROAR OF THE LORD!
When Jesus slept in the midst of a storm and His disciples awoke Him, was He unaware of the danger? Of course not. And when David cries out, “Awake to help me —look what is happening all around me!” God is not asleep. David’s words are for his own benefit. He is telling himself that GOD IS ALREADY AWAKE. Everyone else may have fallen asleep in exhaustion, BUT NOT OUR MIGHTY GOD.
I love this truth and love to pray it. God is all-knowing and never misses anything. It gives me great confidence in the midst of a particular trial to pray, “Father, I thank you that even while we sleep, you are still working on our behalf. I see no way in the natural to fix this, but even while I sleep you make a way.” I love how this prayer leaves me—and you—with stress-free sleep. The Bible promise sweet sleep for the righteous. GOD’S VIGILANCE GIVES US REST!
Thank you for protecting me and carrying my burdens for me, O God. You know those situations in my life right now that I have no solutions for.
Thank you for making a way for me—even when I sleep!
~ Darlene Zschech, Revealing JESUS