I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. (Psalm 77:12)
What keeps you up at night? Perhaps over the past week, you have been consumed with social media and the news. Your mind races are you try to make sense of current event and how people can be so cruel to one another. Or perhaps you lose sleep because of worry in your personal life. Your relationships, your mental and emotional health seem to be deteriorating. Maybe you have conflict with another person that has been unresolved.
The psalmist lost sleep because of his circumstances. His peaceful rest was replaced by “moans” and fainting of spirit (v3). Yet he doesn’t keep his struggle to himself, but takes it to God (v1). Then he choses to set his thoughts on God’s great deeds in the past (v12). It is through thinking about God’s deliverance of His people long ago that the psalmist recalls that God will lead His people through “the sea” and “great waters,” and He will take care of them like a shepherd (v20).
In your sleepless nights and moments of anxiety, chose to remember His great works in His word. Believe that He will lead you through difficult circumstances for your ultimate good, and He will care for you as a shepherd to a sheep, a father to a child. Then rest in Him.