Eyes on the Lord | Psalm 16:7-8
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Do you ever have nights when you can’t go to sleep? You toss and turn and your mind begins to race. Then fear shows up. For those of you going through times of illness, nights can be the worst. While others sleep, nights are a lonely time that invite your mind to entertain all the “what ifs,” and “what ifs” never bring comfort.
In today’s passage the writer knows about the fear of night, but he has learned a calming secret. When aloneness came, he was determined to keep his eyes on the Lord. He read and reflected on his Word. He repeated comforting and encouraging passages. He knew that when God was at his right hand, he would not and could not be shaken.
When our eyes are on our challenge, self-counsel takes over. Self-counsel opens the door for fear to walk in unchecked. However, when our focus is on Jesus, the psalmist says that he is the one “who counsels me.” Even when we are alone, “even at night,” the heart focused on Jesus gives us comforting and encouraging instruction.
Father, lonely times are times when our minds can wonder. We pray that lonely times will be our reminder to meet with you. With you at our side we will not be shaken. With you at our side our hearts will give us good counsel, even at night. Thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen.