I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Psalm 17:3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
I use these tests of the flesh to teach you so many different things. There’s usually a main focus, a particular area of your life that I zero in on in every battle. But all throughout the experience there are also other things that I am hoping you’ll learn along the way. Like how to be praiseful no matter how bad you feel. Purpose in your heart that you will not allow your mouth to transgress by murmuring or doubting, even if I deprive you of your sleep when My Word says that I give My Beloved rest. Even if it seems that I have not fulfilled My promise, you still don’t doubt and murmur. Sometimes I don’t fulfill what My Word says because I am trying to get somewhere with you. And if I did fulfill the promise, it would be like rescuing you prematurely. But in the end, I always do fulfill what I’ve said. Once you’ve gone through the fire and have learned what I’ve wanted you to, then I can give you the rest you are claiming. But you see, it’s not all about getting to the end of the battle! Battles are tests, and in tests you’re supposed to show how much you’ve learned. And if you’re lacking in some area, then I’ll bring you back there until you grasp it. So when you pray, you shouldn’t pray to be delivered—you should pray, “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”