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Sweet Dreams (Psalm 119:62)

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

Difficult circumstances during the day often lead to fitful sleep at night! Our minds continue to dwell on the challenges that we are facing. We can play them over and over again in our minds with no clear resolution.

Not so with the psalmist! While he has just described the onslaught of the wicked, he does not allow their efforts to distract his mind from the truths of God’s word. He does not wake up at night frustrated or overwhelmed by the issues of life. No, he wakes up in the middle of the night so that he can give thanks to God. His confidence is in the righteousness of God and in His righteous ordinances.

When we allow circumstances to control our minds, the end result is sinful thinking that leads to sinful actions. When our focus continues to be on the character of God and the word of God, our minds rest in peace and we continue to be thankful for who God is and all that He accomplishes.

In his sermon on this verse, Thomas Manton says, “That, God’s providence rightly considered, we shall in the worst times find much more cause to give thanks than to complain.”1

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
Hebrews 13:15


1 Manton, T. (1872). The Complete Works of Thomas Manton (Vol. 7, p. 160). London: James Nisbet & Co.

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