Outside of God, no one knows you better than you do. You know your thoughts, your fears, your pain, and your dreams. You know your temperament and your personality. You know the events in your life that hold a special place in your memory, and you know the occurrences you'd like to forget and never remember again. We hold all these things in the crevices of our hearts... which is why Psalms 4:4 should give us pause.
".... commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still... "
The language used in this text is both private and intimate. To commune is to communicate with "profound intensity" per dictionary.com. Communing is what a husband does with a wife... what we are to do with God. It isn't an ordinary conversation. It is one in which emotions, feelings, and secrets are exposed.
A searching of the heart is needed from you. Dig into the wells of your internal being and see what lies within and why. It should be noted that not only does the text request us to examine ourselves, but it says to do it upon your bed.
There is a level of secrecy that you enter into when you are in bed. Your mind eases, your body decompresses; thus, the window to your heart can be more clearly viewed. When it's just you and your thoughts in your bed, you can be honest with yourself. There is no one there to judge you for feeling how you feel. Get to know what is in your heart and sit with it, or as the text says, "be still".
Stillness after communing with your heart is needed so that we don't gather insight about ourselves in vain. The busyness of life often robs us of being still long enough to intimately know ourselves and our Father. Yet, there's no point in discovering what's in our hearts if we don't be still and let God guide us in what to do with what we found.
Dear reader, I'm asking that as you lay down tonight in the intimacy of your bed, commune. Commune with your heart and get closely acquainted with your doubts, fears, and desires ... and then, pray. Everything that you discover within your heart, give it to God. It doesn't matter how big or how small it is. It doesn't matter if you think it is shameful, silly, or impossible. If it's on your heart, talk to God about it.
For Christ has declared Himself as our friend (John 15:15) and friends unload their burdens on trustworthy companions. 1 Peter 5:7 states cast all your cares, your anxieties, your worries, on Christ because He cares for you. But unlike any other earthly friend, this friend can actually do something about those burdens.
He isn't just a listening ear. He is a listening ear with experience who can sympathize with our plights because He was once human with problems too (Hebrews 4:15). But He is also a listening ear with power in both heaven and earth who can move mountains, people, and resources in your favor. All you must do is accept Him, trust Him, and talk to Him.
I've nothing else to say to you, but I am sure you have much to say to Christ. Don't hold back. Thoroughly search your heart, sit still in your discoveries, and cast it all unto the shoulders of Christ ... His shoulders are both wide and strong enough to carry whatever is in your heart.
That's all I have for you today. May God bless and keep you. 'Til next time, take care.
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