Morning, February 27
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I lie awake thinking of you,
        meditating on you through the night.
During sleepless, uncomfortable nights, David thought about God. Instead of counting sheep, he meditated on his Shepherd. He reviewed all the ways God had already helped him, and he greeted the next day with songs of praise.
In quiet moments or wakeful nights, make it a point to count examples of God's faithfulness to you. Doing so is far more likely to give you rest than any other items you might count!
Psalm 91:9  Thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation.

The Israelites in the wilderness were continually exposed to change. Whenever the pillar stayed its motion, the tents were pitched; but tomorrow, ere the morning sun had risen, the trumpet sounded, the ark was in motion, and the fiery, cloudy pillar was leading the way through the narrow defiles of the mountain, up the hill side, or along the arid waste of the wilderness. They had scarcely time to rest a little before they heard the sound of "Away! this is not your rest; you must still be onward journeying towards Canaan!" They were never long in one place. Even wells and palm trees could not detain them. Yet they had an abiding home in their God, his cloudy pillar was their roof-tree, and its flame by night their household fire. They must go onward from place to place, continually changing, never having time to settle, and to say, "Now we are secure; in this place we shall dwell." "Yet," says Moses, "though we are always changing, Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place throughout all generations." The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He may be rich today and poor to-morrow; he may be sickly today and well to-morrow; he may be in happiness today, to-morrow he may be distressed--but there is no change with regard to his relationship to God. If he loved me yesterday, he loves me today. My unmoving mansion of rest is my blessed Lord. Let prospects be blighted; let hopes be blasted; let joy be withered; let mildews destroy everything; I have lost nothing of what I have in God. He is "my strong habitation whereunto I can continually resort." I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation.

Romans 6:11  Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

John 5:24  "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

Galatians 2:19,20  "For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. • "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

John 14:19  "After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.

John 10:28-30  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. • "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. • "I and the Father are one."

Galatians 3:1,3  You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? • Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?

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