by Cindy Hess Kasper
Bible Reading: Psalm 121
Psalm 121 A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me. Psalm 120:1
Detective Allan Pinkerton became famous in the mid-1800s by solving a series of train robberies and foiling a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln as he traveled to his first inauguration. As one of the first agencies of its kind in the US, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency gained even more prominence because of its logo of a wide-open eye with the caption, 'We Never Sleep.'
There is no better feeling than knowing you are protected and secure. You feel peaceful when the doors are locked and all is quiet as you drift off to sleep at night. You feel safe. But many lie awake in their beds with fearful thoughts of the present or dread of the future. Some are afraid of commotion outside or of a spouse who has been violent. Some cannot rest because of worry over a rebellious child. Others are anxiously listening to make sure a seriously ill child is still breathing.
These are the times when our loving God encourages us to cry out to Him, to the One who will neither 'slumber nor sleep' (Ps. 121:4). Psalm 34:15 reminds us that 'the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.'
Pinkerton may have been the original 'private eye', but the One who really has the eye that never sleeps is listening to the cries of the righteous (Ps. 34:17).
Before you sleep, just gently lay
Every troubled thought away;
Drop your burden and your care
In the quiet arms of prayer.
We can sleep in peace when we remember that God is awake.
Source: Our Daily Bread, January 9, 2011
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