"Whispers in the Night" Tuesday Psalm 16
“The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more,
for your whispers in the night give me wisdom,
showing me what to do next.
Because you are close to me and always available,
my confidence will never be shaken,
for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment.”
Psalm 16:7-8 (TPT)
Perhaps one of the most intimate things God does as our Father is speak to us when we are in need. I love how this Psalmist highlights the relationship he has with the Lord especially receiving His counsel “in the night”. It’s unclear if this is a direct reference to God speaking to him in a dream or just through quiet meditation. However, one area that can be incredibly fulfilling that I think we fail to open up to God sometimes is our dream life. God wants to speak to us and sometimes the only time we truly get “quiet” enough to hear His “whispers” is when we are asleep. Though our bodies sleep our spirit is still awake to the spiritual and God, who is Spirit, is awake. It states elsewhere in the Psalms that He never sleeps concerning us, indicating the powerful way in which He watches over us.
It is something I’m often caught by as I wake up in the morning. The thought that though I’ve been asleep Father God has not been and even more incredibly, He’s been watching over me.
“He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.” Psalm 121:3
Just recognizing that God longs to counsel us even through the avenue of dreaming is powerful.
The Psalmist goes on to describe that it is through these “whispers in the night” that God gives him wisdom and direction for the next step. Maybe it feels like a stretch to believe that God wants to speak to you through your dreams – or maybe you’re someone who regularly experiences hearing His voice in this way. If you are part of the first group I’d encourage you to try something new in your relationship with Father God and begin to ask Him to speak to you in your dreams. It can be helpful to place a journal beside your bed in order to record what you dream especially if you wake up in the night and will likely go back to sleep and forget. It certainly isn’t the only way God directs us, but it can be a very intimate way to hear His voice.
A central focal point of this passage is the writer’s absolute assurance of God’s presence with him. He declares that God is always close to him and always available. Knowing you can count on a good friend at any time is comforting but God is a “friend” who is the Creator of the Universe! He is not only all-powerful, but intimately involved in the details of our lives! The Psalmist had an unshakable faith to face his life because he truly knew,
“God, You’re with me. Not just physically but emotionally and spiritually – you’re with me; available to me and on my side! “
We have the same promise from God that He will “never leave us nor forsake us”. This may have a very direct and practical application to you if you are someone who has been struggling with fear or attacks in the night. You can claim the power and protection of God’s presence over you before you go to sleep. Beyond that, it is reassuring and freeing to realize that our God is always with us. We can open up our heart to Him and hear Him at any time.
I pray a deep sense of your value to Him, and His presence with you, will come on you today. May you hear His whispers and experience His counsel in whatever area you need.