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"The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness!" Psalm 41:3

The older I get the more I like sleeping in my own bed. Anytime I'm out of town and stay overnight, I just donít sleep like I do in my bed at home - no matter if it's the Desoto Hilton or The Grove Park Inn. Yet, I take my bed for granted. That is, until I have to sleep in another one. I share a bed with my beautiful wife, but I don't share in the responsibility of making up our bed when I get up in the morning like she does. I intend to do better though and seeing this third verse from Psalm Forty-one has inspired me. If God promises to make our spiritual bed we surely ought not to neglect to be thankful for our throne of rest, nor the roof over our heads each day. Getting the right start is often the spark that ignites the embers which fuel our day with godly influence and gratitude, and little things really matter! A small act like failing to line up the first button I button on my shirt will cause a total failure of the buttoning process, and consequently upon my apparel presentation as well.

Influence is the motivation, direction, and integrity of character all Christians possess. Jesus, on the mount, declared believers to be "salt" and "light." He also said that if we were not influential, we were not good for anything. Making your bed sends the message that you are taking the time to make up your mind to start the day doing something right, even though it seems small and inconsequential. Making your bed makes you feel good about yourself, but it also sends a positive message to others. I have to admit I get a feeling of more respect and appreciation for our home when I notice later in the day that our bed is made. It has been well said, "If you wish to enrich days, plant flowers; If you wish to enrich years, plant trees; If you wish to enrich eternity, plant ideals in the lives of others."

I know we all really want to make a positive difference to those loved ones and friends God puts in our lives. We all desire to be more like our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and thereby will be salt and light in a dark and sinful world. Maybe a good place to start is by making our bed every day. Bed making is for men too! Here's what Admiral William H. McRaven, U.S. Navy Seal said about bed making: "If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made - that you made - and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better."

So, let's quit worrying about what we cannot do, or what we don't have and go ahead and do what we can do - make our beds. Be thankful we have a bed to sleep in. Beds are for rest for our tired bodies and recovery from our sickness and ailments. The spiritual application of our text verse is that when we are discouraged, weak and feeble, even feeling abandoned and worthless, God comes to our bedside and comforts us as we rest in Him. Imagine this spiritual bed to be a four poster bed. The four posts represent God's presence, His promises, our prayers and our praise. This four poster bed God has made just for you. Therefore, lay in the bed God has made, but don't neglect to make it up every morning. As a good night's rest strengthens and invigorates our weary bodies, so does a snuggling of our souls under the covers of God's goodness, and laying our heads upon the pillow of His presence makes for fresh passion to pursue the father's will as each new day dawns.

"And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep." Genesis 28:11

Now Jacob is a sure type for every child of God; for every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. That night's rest at Bethel resulted in a fresh vision and an awareness of the presence of God which gave him the courage and wisdom to face his greatest fears and challenges. There is nothing which can equip us to face our problems and doubts like resting in the Lord Jesus Christ; in His finished work on the cross of Calvary, His resurrection, and His ever present intercession for us in Heaven. I wonder if we are as thankful for our beds as we ought to be. It is so easy to take for granted the familiar and obvious. Someone recently posed this question to me: "What if all we had when we woke up this morning was what we thanked God for yesterday?" That's the sort of question that will prompt a person to make his bed! Are you tired of tossing and turning? Then climb into God's four poster bed and find rest for your soul. And, with such a blessed place of repose provided for us by our Heavenly Father, it would be awfully presumptuous if we forgot to make our beds after we've rested there. That would be about like forgetting to thank God for all the many blessings of this year and life. Remember, as born again Christians, we are sleeping in four poster beds.

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It should bring much comfort to us to know that God is always with us and that He will never leave or forsake us. The Lord's presence guarantees our safety and victory. Time after time during the reign of the Old Testament kings of Israel and Judah, victory or defeat depended upon God's presence. Many times the people were warned that if they forsook God, God would forsake them. One of the best ways to practice being thankful is to acknowledge that we are dwelling in the presence of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ's remedy for stress and overwhelming lifestyles is to put the Lord first in priority. When we get what's first lined up right, the rest of the buttons fit too; and the shirt wears new; and, to a child of God who takes the initiative to seek God's presence, grace wears new no matter what his or her age may be. But how often do we fail to really go after the thought of God's presence in our everyday life? Making your bed has to be intentional; we don't make our beds by accident. The sheets and the spreads do not fall into place on their own.

Making our bed by being thankful comes easier when we believe in the omnipresence of God. Really, there would be no reason to be thankful if God were not with us. What good is anything without God. A person without God is like a train without a track or a bird without wings. Yet, since God is present, we can be thankful no matter what circumstances we are going through. One reason God commands us to be thankful for everything is that He is in everything that will bring Him glory. Don't think peace will come when you have no problems. Rather, know that peace is only found in the presence of God. Our sweetest spiritual dreams will be laced with the hand of the Almighty God.

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I'm sure you and I both will do all we can to keep our promises that we make to one another. The truth is though, we are weak and cannot control every situation. Our best intentions and our most resolute resolutions sometimes fall through the cracks of causes unaccounted for, explained, or planned. Our Heavenly Father though knows the end from the beginning. God is a promise keeper!

"Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass: I have purposed it, I will also do it." Isaiah 46:11

The childhood prayer "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take", sleeps well in this four poster bed. The gospel is good news because it comes from a God who means what He says and says what He means. To have the assurance of the forgiveness of sins and declared righteous by our thrice Holy Heavenly Father ought to inspire us to fold our bed spreads just right even before our first cup of coffee. You do realize that God promises that things are working together for your good don't you? He does not promise nor say that all things are good, but He does say the end result will be for good, for our happiness and His glory. We should never doubt that our Lord has planned for us the very best thing. We can sleep on the promises of God because the value of any promise depends upon the promiser. When Jesus said for us to come to Him and rest, He also offers us His yoke, to take His yoke is to gladly accept His will for us, not only in the present moment, but for the entire future that He has planned for us. His promises are pure and protect us. Yes, God has promised to keep His people and He will keep His promise. What kind of rest would we get if when we lay in our beds, we worried about the bed falling down? Now we might be concerned about getting the pillow just right, but we never doubt the bed will hold us up. So, snuggle tonight under God's promises and find spiritual renewal when the morning comes.

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Probably there is no time nor posture of prayer that pleases God anymore than a pillow prayer. I believe the majority of genuine Christians go to sleep at night with a prayer on their heart and get up with a prayer on their mind in the morning. To hold the Master and Maker of this universe's hand in prayer is truly one great privilege and comfort for the Christian. There is no door prayer can't open or shut. Prayer truly proves that there is nothing too hard for God and that He really does care what's going on in our lives. Joshua prayed that the sun would stand still, and the sun stayed until Israel won the battle. We ought to be so thankful for prayer. The shear excitement of communion with our Heavenly Father, given the weak and sinful creatures we are, should energize our endeavors for Him and strengthen us when we fail Him. The model prayer Jesus spoke in Matthew Chapter six is a Thanksgiving prayer. Praying to God is an act not only of adoration and supplication, but also of thanksgiving to know we have a heavenly Father who loves us, provides for our daily needs, and forgives us of our sins and trespasses and fills our cup with thanksgiving. Prayer is not only a model to live by, it is a blessed bed to sleep on. Prayer reminds us that we are sinners and are in dire need of God's mercy.

"And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner." Luke 18:13

I believe that the publican slept well that night because Jesus said he went away justified. God's mercy is a better sleep aid than melatonin could ever be.

The best way for Christians to carry on in this world is to acknowledge that everything is about God. In Him we live and move and have our being. We breathe His air. He even starts and ends our very heartbeat. Clouds are about God because God is in the clouds. On Mount Sinai, God gave the tablets of the law to Moses in a cloud on the mountain. In the Old Testament, God's glory was manifested in a cloud. And in the New Testament, we find that Jesus' transfiguration, His ascension and His return all happened or will happen on cloudy days.

Making our beds and praying are both good habits to have. Even when it's dark and despairing, prayer reminds us that God is caring. And since God answers prayer, our cries of anguish will eventually show the victory accomplished by our habitual thankfulness.

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In the Old Testament, certain Levites were stationed in the temple and tabernacle to praise God 24/7.

"And these are the singers, chief of the father of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free: for they were employed in that work day and night." I Chronicles 9:33

Praise expresses and promotes gratitude. If we learn to praise God at all times, including in our darkest moments we will find encouragement and will encourage others. During our Sunday evening "extending grace" portion of the service, there have been testimonies of praise to God at the hardest times. These testimonies bring much glory to God and have helped all in attendance to realize the importance of knowing God. Although His ways are not our ways, it's good to know that His sufficient grace tucks us in at night.

There is a story of a man who found the barn where Satan kept his seeds ready to be sown in the human heart, and upon finding the seeds of discouragement more numerous than others, he learned that those seeds could be made to grow almost anywhere. When Satan was questioned, he reluctantly admitted that there was one place in which he could never get them to thrive. "And where is that?" asked the man. Satan replied sadly, "in the heart of a grateful man."

Praise is the theme of heaven and immortal glory. So praising God while we're on earth only prepares us for what we'll be engaged in for eternity. As we make our bed, let's make up our minds to praise God, no matter what the circumstances. Paul and Silos were locked in jail, yet they reclined on a four poster bed of praise which woke a lot of people up and brought them freedom.

"And at midnight Paul and Silos prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them." Acts 16:25

Sometimes our greatest hurdle and deficiency brings us to realize our need of the Lord and the consequences are praise to Him who does all things well. Really, though it's hard to understand, often we must be poor and needy before we can exercise the virtue of gratitude; miserable and hurting before we can exercise the virtue of patience. Heartfelt gratitude and putting God first always results in praise to God.

Sleep number beds are advertised to provide just the right angle, tilt, firmness, or softness for a restful sleep. The sleep number for the children of God however, is four - Godís presence, Godís promises, our prayers and our praise. May God help us to take the time to thank Him for such accommodations. No one may ever know if you make your bed or not; no one but you and God. If God makes our way, the least we can do is make our beds.

Sweet Spiritual Dreams,

Brother Randy

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