The Watches of the Night

“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:6-8).

The most important thing we can do when we are experiencing a time of darkness is to meditate on God.  He is our Light and Salvation, whom have we to fear? David exemplifies this in Psalm 63. He cries out in soul thirst, “I remember you”, as he languishes in the heat and barrenness of the desert. He declares with bold strength that God is his help and security at a time when his body was weak, depleted, and weary.

Krystyn Getty wrote a poem entitled “The Watches of the Night”. I had the pleasure of hearing her read this as part of a Christmas concert last year. I love how she reminds us to look to God through the creation He has made. There are signs all around us. Look up to the sky or over a field or stream. Look to the birds in the air or the first buds of spring on the trees. God is everywhere, if only we have eyes to see past our downcast souls. Say to your soul, “Awaken! Praise God!”. Sing to the God of your life, “I remember you through the watches of the night”.

The Watches of the Night – Krystyn Getty

I look towards the wintering trees
To hush my fretful soul
As they rise to face the icy sky
And hold fast beneath the snow
Their rings grow wide, their roots go deep
That they might hold their height
And stand like valiant soldiers
Through the watches of the night

No human shoulder ever bears
The weight of all the world
But hearts can sink beneath the ache
Of trouble’s sudden surge
Yet far beyond full knowing
There’s a strong unsleeping light
That reaches round to hold me
Through the watches of the night

I have cried upon the steps that seem
Too steep for me to climb
And I’ve prayed against a burden
I did not want to be mine
But here I am and this is where
You’re calling me to fight
And You I will remember
Through the watches of the night
You I will remember
Through the watches of the night