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January Devotional from Psalm 3:5

Scripture: “I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.” Psalm 3:5

Thought: This verse is part of a psalm of David where he cries out to God for safety as he flees from his son Absalom. Imagine the state David might have been in, overwhelmed by his enemies, including his own flesh and blood. Whom could he trust? Where could he turn? How could he find rest for his spirit and body? Verse five of this psalm says that he lay down and slept. Imagine the trust David had to lay down and rest despite the danger around him.

Action: In what area of life are you feeling overwhelmed? Hounded? Burdened? Have you been able to lay down and rest, despite the world’s clamor, and rest, knowing God would sustain you? If you have struggled to rest in him, take time now to present the fears of your heart to God. Lay them at his feet and trust that he will hear you and sustain you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, You alone sustain us on our journey. Many days I am overwhelmed by even the smallest threats, and I struggle to rest in you. Give me the courage to lay my fears at your feet right now. Grant me peace in the sure knowledge that you see me, you know me, and you love me. You and you alone are my salvation. In your name, Amen.

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