What keeps you awake at night?

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along right paths for his names sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil. for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

When it comes to great writing it doesn’t get better than Psalm 23.

I’m not a fantastic sleeper. Thinking about work keeps me awake. It’s a mixture of thoughts in my head all buzzing around at a 100 mph. My brain is on fire. I may be worried about something or thinking about how I need to deal with a situation. Did I send that email? Did I offend that person with what I said? Where’s the next pay check coming from?

I’m normally wake up between 3.02am and 3.08am. Not before and not after. This has been going on for years. Sometimes I use it to my advantage and actually work things out but I’m exhausted the next day. One night, I think God spoke to me. He suggested I speak to him by praying and saying Psalm 23. It’s the only passage in The Bible that I know word for word. So, I did as asked and I was asleep within 30 seconds. Probably quicker. I felt like it was God reassuring me that all was going to be fine. “Go to sleep”. I’ve prayed the same prayer ever since and it normally works. Not always but usually. I know this sounds crazy but I can’t help but believe it to be true. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be. God can be with us in all aspects of our work life. At times when we may not think he is. Like 3am in the morning. He’s at work in us even when we’re not working!


Heavenly Father, You are with us always. You know our hearts and minds. Help us to talk to You when we need your help no matter how small the matter and may we be thankful – Amen!

7 thoughts on “What keeps you awake at night?

  1. After God promised Jeremiah all kinds of hope for Israel, he narrates, “At this, I woke up and looked around. My sleep had been very sweet.” – Jeremiah 31.26

    21 My child, dont lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, 22 for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. 23 They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. 24 You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. 25 You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, 26 for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. – Prov 3.21-26

    People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich seldom get a good nights sleep. – Ecc. 5.12

  2. I saw a message about being woken up at 3am. It seems to happen alot to various people in ministry. I also heard that the ancients believed the presence of God was strong upon the earth at around 3am. And Jesus often arose “very early” to pray, some say possibly around this time. Interesting that you would write about this…

  3. Thank you for encouraging us to remember He is with us always and working in us too, in big and small ways. 🙂 You helped me to not think that anything is too inconsequential to go to Him with. God bless you and sweet dreams!

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