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Remembering God (Psalm 119:55)

O Lord, I remember Your name in the night, and keep Your law.
Psalm 119:55

When meditation becomes a consistent discipline in our lives, our minds can be filled with God’s word both day and night. The Scriptures emphasize how important this discipline is in the life of the believer. We must always remember that our meditation on God’s word helps us to know the God of the word.

When we remember God, we are compelled to live in obedience to His word. After all, He is the Creator God, Sovereign over all things, our Savior and Master. It is important for us to think often about God so that we determine, by God’s grace, to walk in a manner that is pleasing to Him.

Charles Spurgeon reminds us how our thoughts at night impact our obedience in the daytime: “He found sanctification through meditation; by the thoughts of the night he ruled the actions of the day. As the actions of the day often create the dreams of the night, so do the thoughts of the night produce the deeds of the day. If we do not keep the name of God in our memory we shall not keep the law of God in our conduct. Forgetfulness of minds leads up to forgetfulness of life.”1

It is very easy to allow our minds to be weighed down with the worries of the world when we go to bed. Biblical meditation helps us to set our minds right, even in the night.

When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, …
Psalm 63:6

At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You because of Your righteous ordinances.
Psalm 119:62

My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.
Psalm 119:148

1 Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The Treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 242). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58