May28

A Psalm From Viet Nam

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Bible commentator and scholar Bruce Waltke has spent his life loving and explaining the Old Testament. One day, after hearing Bruce speak, a Viet Nam veteran sent him this letter:

“In one of the battles I fought in Viet Nam there were dead and wounded all around me. Having gone for three days without sleep my ability to make wise decisions was at a dangerously low level. At 3:00 A.M. I found a hole in a jungle base, virtually under a battery of canons. The heat of the jungle night combined with that of the canons, which fired volleys about every twenty second, was insufferable. Even in the stench of the gun-powder, the mosquitoes relentlessly pursed their blood thirst duty. As I lay there, this verse of Scripture came to me as audibly as any human voice:
‘I will lie down in peace and I will sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.’

I think I had the best two hours sleep in my entire life.

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