"Communing Upon Your Bed"

J. D. Conley
March 27, 2016

We live in dizzyingly busy times. Work and leisure are filled with hectic activities that consume our days and nights. As a result, this leaves little time for pause and reflection. Even when people are on their lunch breaks, or taking walks, they are glued to their hand held devices. This means time that was once devoted for thinking and pondering, is now swallowed up by something else. This is an unfortunate reality because people need time to ruminate and mull things over in their minds. People need time to think things through and meditate upon without being interrupted. God has created us as rational conscious creatures therefore human beings require time to think and reflect, (Psalm 1:2, 77:12, John 5:39; Romans 12:3; Philippians 4:8; 1Timothy 4:13, etc).

David expressed this need in Psalm 4:4, "Stand in awe, and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah." Even though David directed these words toward his enemies they are fitting for any person today. For many, the only time they have for thinking, is when they are lying in bed and all is quiet and dark. At that time they are forced to think about not only what they did that day, but in what direction their life is going.

But how much communing with ourselves do we engage in at night? Is this communing pleasant or unpleasant? Are we pleased when we think about what we did earlier that day and the direction our life is headed? What about when you can't sleep because of caffeine intake; a late supper; or worry? Most will climb out of bed and channel surf; web surf; work puzzles; or read a book. Can we not use such time better? Since David gave the inspired advice in Psalm 4:4, surely he followed it. He must have used his restless nights properly for he wrote, "Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word" (Psalm 119:148). David anticipated times when he could quietly and without interruption reflect on God's Word.

One cannot "stand in awe, be still and sin not" without taking some time and deliberately thinking about God and His will for us in our lives. Get involved in nightly intimate communication with your heart, concluding such sessions with prayer.