Every day we can find ourselves in situations where we could become frustrated with elements of our relationships with others. There could be the temptation to retaliate toward someone for hurt they've caused or frustration for the energy they bring to the relationship. But because of God's Spirit within us, we can find strength to remain patient and kind, acting toward others with integrity. Our praise for His wonderful works can ever be on our lips, knowing full well that God will listen to our feelings and work on our behalf. He frees us to remain in His glory, which brings much needed respite for our souls.  

As you release the day, fall into the peace that is yours when you focus on the Savior. He longs for you to come, to rest, and to be in His presence. He knows every detail of your life. His truth is your shield, and your praise toward Him keeps your heart at peace as you sleep. 

Declare me innocent, O LORD, 
for I have acted with integrity; 
I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. 
Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. 
Test my motives and my heart. 
For I am always aware of Your unfailing love,  
and I have lived according to Your truth. 
I do not spend time with liars 
or go along with hypocrites. 
I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, 
and I refuse to join in with the wicked. 
I wash my hands to declare my innocence. 
I come to Your altar, O LORD,  
singing a song of thanksgiving 
and telling of all Your wonders. 
I love Your sanctuary, LORD,  
the place where Your glorious presence dwells. 
Don’t let me suffer the fate of sinners. 
Don’t condemn me along with murderers. 
Their hands are dirty with evil schemes, 
and they constantly take bribes. 
But I am not like that; I live with integrity. 
So redeem me and show me mercy. 
Now I stand on solid ground,  
and I will publicly praise the LORD. 

ADORATION: Relying on God for our needs reminds us that He can do more than we can imagine for our good. He is a God of mercy and justice. He defends us against our enemies with His strength. Take delight in His faithfulness and unfailing love, along with His kindness toward you. Allow the fullness of God's glory to fill your mind. Praise His name and feel the joy lighten your heart and brighten your spirit. 

CONFESSION: As you surrender to God, invite Him to examine your mind and heart. Ask Him to reveal any sins you have committed so that you may ask for forgiveness. Allow His mercy and love to wash over you. Know that God is not a God of shame.  

THANKSGIVING: Think of a time when God has delivered you from an unfair situation. Praise Him for His justice. Praise Him for His faithfulness in your life.  

SUPPLICATION: Lord, I put the challenges I face into Your hands tonight. I will trust in Your wisdom and faithfulness to help me through my trials however You lead. Help me to keep my integrity intact and to remember that I am a living testimony of Your love and power and strength, and that is what's most important to You. I love You and rest in Your care now for a deep and peaceful sleep. All glory to You. Amen. 

This is an excerpt from Sleep Psalms: Nightly Moments of Mindfulness and Rest from Pray.com a new devotional journal now available for pre-order on DaySpring.com. Shop all books, journals, and devotions from DaySpring here.