65Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
66And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.
Does God sleep? Is there a time when God is not available to us because He is sleeping? No! Often, in the Bible, the writers will use a figure of speech to explain God's actions. By saying, "God Awoke," the Psalmist is illustrating the suddenness of God's response to His people.
Earlier in this Psalm, Asaph speaks of a time when Israel experienced the heavy hand of justice upon their nation when God chastised them for their sin and rejection of Him. Using the godless nations surrounding Israel to conquer them, God took Israel through a time of great suffering at the hands of their enemies.
From a human perspective, it seemed to the nation of Israel that God was sleeping. However, we know that God never sleeps, and even the chastisement He sends in the form of persecution, plagues, or natural catastrophes is measured. In other words, nothing is truly removed from God's control. Though He may allow a time of persecution or testing, He never truly leaves or forsakes His children.
As a matter of fact, times of testing are a part of God's plan to cause His children to return to Him. When our hearts stray from Him, He gently rebukes us and brings us back into fellowship with Him. Of course, if we ignore His gentle rebukes, He will bring stronger times of testing.
When we stop and consider what is occurring, we must marvel at what an amazing God we serve. He loves and cares so much for His children that He does not allow them to stray too far from Him. Like a father establishing a boundary or safety-net for his children, so God gently prods us to return to Him.
Admittedly, when we are in the middle of difficulties, nothing appears gentle to us, and we are often tempted to charge God foolishly. How can God allow such things to happen to His children? It is good, at such times, to remember that God is God, and we are not! Times such as this give us great opportunities to test our faith.
Does God answer the prayers of His suffering saints? Time after time, as we read through the Old Testament, we see God's interceding on behalf of His children. He is always ready to offer forgiveness to His straying children. As a matter of fact, His answers to prayer often come so suddenly, and are so unexpected that it seems as though God awoke! One minute our prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling, and the next minute He has answered our prayers in the most unexpected manner.
Let us take some time today to pause and thank God for His wondrous works on our behalf. Let us not be afraid to cry out to Him even if it seems as though He is far removed from us.
- Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
- Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
- Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
- Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
God Bless You,