The Night Watches

tumblr_lzkkmcjcjm1rpnk7no1_500In The Night Watches the Lord is our defense. He never sleeps nor slumbers, He keeps watch over us and loves us so much. When the enemy comes in like a snapping, snarling dog. We can know that the Lords mercy’s are renewed every morning.  We had one of those nights last night. In the morning He was faithful to give us this devotional in “Our Daily Bread”, and scripture in Psalm 59. Our God spoke to us in the morning and gave us hope! Have a truly blessed day. Always remember that He is on your side no matter what the day or night brings your way. http://odb.org/

Snapping, Snarling Thoughts

 — by David H. Roper
Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn
Read: Psalm 59
You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. —Psalm 59:16
Bible in a Year:
Psalms 57-59; Romans 4

Many years ago, my father and I hiked through Big Bend in Texas. It’s a national park now, but in those days it was rough country.

One night we were rolling out our sleeping bags when a couple with a dog asked if they could camp nearby. We welcomed their company and turned in for the night. They tethered their dog to a stake beside their tent.

Some hours later my father nudged me awake and turned his flashlight into the darkness. Illuminated by the light, we saw pairs of yellow eyes peering out of the shadows. A pack of snapping and snarling coyotes were closing in on the dog. Although we chased them off and our neighbors put the dog in their tent, we slept fitfully.

I think of that night when I read Psalm 59 and David’s twice-repeated imagery: “At evening they return, they growl like a dog” (vv.6,14). David was thinking of Saul’s army that was closing in on him. I think, however, of the thoughts that return to menace us. They come back at nightfall, snapping and snarling: “You’re stupid.” “You’re a failure.” “You’re useless.” “Who needs you?”

When we have such thoughts, we can revel in God’s unconditional, unending love. His steady devotion is our refuge in the dark night of self-doubt and fear (v.16).

Dear Lord, I am so thankful that You love me
unconditionally. Please chase away destructive thoughts
that keep returning to take away my confidence in You
and Your work in me. I want to rest in You and Your love.
Knowing that God loves us can dispel doubt.
Posted on: August 1st, 2013 Written by Cindy This post currently has no responses

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