Upon my bed at night I sought him whom my soul loves. (Song of Solomon 3:1)
From the earliest spiritual writers of the Christian church down to our own day, seeking God in the dark hours of the night has been a regular and salutary practice. David, Solomon's father, leads us in this spiritual discipline, "My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night" (Psalm 63:6).
Here is a practical action step. The next time you have a sleepless night, rather than tossing and turning to the rhythm of anxious thoughts, take your sleeplessness as an invitation to meet the Beloved in a quiet place. Find a place where you can turn on a light and meditate on Psalm 63. Quietly sing its lines over and over until the Holy Spirit comes to you, leading you not only into things that need your prayerful attention, but also counseling you about the cares that kept you awake in the first place. Do this and you will not only understand these words from the Song of Solomon; you will live them!
Upon my bed at night I sought him whom my soul loves.
Prayer: Meet us, O God, in the quiet of the night. Amen.
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