“At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.” Psalms 119:62
This verse makes me recall some other men in the Bible who did this VERY same thing at midnight!
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” Acts 16:25
If we are up at midnight, it usually isn’t by choice. We find ourselves either in a midnight phase of life or up at the actual 12 am hour because of sickness, pain, insomnia, heartburn or heartache. No matter what the reason, we would rather be in bed sleeping and at peace wouldn’t we?
The psalmist mentions that he rises at midnight to thank the Lord. Paul and Silas were in jail and probably sitting on a cold, nasty, wet floor, but they lifted their voices to God in prayer and song.
What examples we have to follow!
Instead of turning their thoughts to the misery or circumstances surrounding them, the men in these passages rose up and prayed.
I have had many a midnight moment in my life, as I am sure you have as well. It is easy to be filled with fear in those times isn’t it? Especially us women, we love to fret over things in the middle of the night when we can do NOTHING about it!
We have seen the psalmist recall the Word and become rooted in God’s precepts so thoroughly that his first action is not one of disparagement, but one of thankfulness for God. I think I would like to follow suit and thank God, sing to God and praise God instead of fretting, wouldn’t you?
The next time you find yourself up in the wee hours or battling through a midnight phase of life, remember what the psalmist did. Remember what Paul and Silas did. Lift your voice to God, let Him hear from you. Let others hear you and be effected by your testimony.
God is always up and listening and ready to succor those in need.
“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” Isaiah 59:1
God is worthy of hearing our praise and thanksgiving too.
“O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” Isaiah 25:1
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11
Is it midnight in your life? Think on God.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,