I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. (Psalm 119:147-148)
There are two kinds of people in the world: early risers and night owls. And there are two kinds of people in my marriage, too. My husband, Andy, is the early riser, and I’m the night owl.
Actually, once we had kids, we both became early risers and night owls. But, when left to listen to our own body clocks, Andy gets up early and I stay up late. We pass one another happily somewhere around noon.
The psalmist, though, does both. He wakes up early and stays up late. The reason for his insomnia? God’s Word. He hungers for it. He longs to hear from God, to converse with Him in scripture, to think on God’s truth and character at all times.
Over and over again in Psalm 119, the psalmist points to God’s Word as his source of strength, hope, and delight. He knows that obeying God’s Word leads to freedom. He longs for God’s Word, because it is his very life.
A prayer: God, let me love Your Word more. Let me come to know You through it. Use Your Word to transform me as I hide it in my heart and dwell on it with my mind. Give me a hunger for Your Word, God. Make me a spiritual insomniac–an early riser and a night owl for Your truth. Amen.