Scripture Reading: Psalm 121

He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Psalm 121:3

God never sleeps and for this we may be truly grateful. The devil is on the watch and if our God should withhold His providence from us for a single moment we would perish immediately. The story is told of a sentinel of the army whose duty was to keep constant watch. He dozed for just a moment but in that moment the enemy attacked and overwhelmed the garrison. But our God watches over His own every moment of the day and night. And because He is awake — we can peacefully sleep. We have the precious promise, "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:4).

Two different words are used in the Hebrew. The word for slumber is noom and means to be drowsy. The word for sleep is yashen and means to be off guard or slack. Our Lord is never "off guard." He cannot be taken by surprise.

A little orphan girl upon retiring inquired of her mother one moonlit night, "Mommy, is the moon God's lantern?" The lamp had just been put out and the only light in the room came through the window from the moon. "Yes, darling," replied the mother, "that is God's light up in the sky." After a pause the little girl asked tremblingly, "Will God turn off the light and go to sleep, too?" "No, my child," said the mother, "God's lights are always burning." The little girl replied as she turned over to go to sleep, "Then, Mama, while God's awake I am not afraid." Oh, for the faith of a little child. Remember today your heavenly Father watches over you. (M.R.D.)

I'll walk in faith this day, O Lord,

No foes or storms I'll fear;

But trusting in Thy precious Word,

I know I'm safe while Thou art near.

— Anon.

"The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith and trust is the end of anxiety." — G. Mueller

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