6Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
7So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
Does God Sleep?
As David plead to the Lord for help, he said, Awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
Why would David make such a comment? If God must awake, then was He asleep? Does God Sleep? Often David uses familiar language that is not to be taken literally. The sense of sleeping is only from our perspective. Of course God never sleeps; He is available to us 24/7. However, from our perspective, it may seem as though God is sleeping, in those times He seems so distant from our needs.
I received an interesting question from one of my teen readers, yesterday.
So my question for you is how do you keep the fire burning bright for Christ? Also, how do you keep your life centered around him in a society like ours where everything is focused on yourself?
How did David keep such a strong faith in the Lord? How could he face being pursued by King Saul, and yet always conclude that God answered His prayer, and kept him safe? David constantly meditated before the Lord; he even penned many of those meditations in what we know as the book of Psalms.
How do we keep our lives centered around God in a society like ours where everything is focused on yourself? God has given us His Word; let us be found constantly reading and studying His Word, and maintaining our fellowship with God through prayer. Prayer is not only asking God for help; in prayer we also need to praise our God, and fellowship with Him as one friend does with another.
How do you keep the fire burning bright for Christ? Truthfully, we cannot! But, God can! It is so important that we understand our need of Christ. It is He who saved us, and it is He who keeps us living faithfully before Him. In our prayer, let us constantly cry out to God to keep our first love for Him.
Also, it is a good idea to, like David, put down our thoughts in writing. I struggle with these questions, myself. I believe all Christians do! However, by writing these devotions, God has greatly strengthened my trust in Him.
Does that sound too simplistic? Sometimes it is the simple answers that we miss the most often.
Let us pray for one another, that God will be glorified through His faithful flock, living by His power, and bringing constant praise to Him, alone.
God Bless You,