July 1, 2020
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Do you ever lie awake troubled at night, pondering your life’s concerns instead of getting the rest your body and soul need?
Our passage this week from Psalm 4 is a long-beloved proclamation of confidence in God’s oversight of our lives. And I find it fascinating David specifically notes he BOTH lies down and sleeps. Apparently he doesn’t lie down and “try” to sleep; he lies down AND sleeps! He gets the rest God intends for him.
What’s perhaps most amazing is David was able to get his sleep… in a CAVE! Or hiding in a forest! Or in an olive grove, or wherever. Many scholars speculate this psalm was written while David was on the run for his life from King Saul. How does someone get a good night’s sleep when one’s life is constantly threatened? I mean, seriously, how do you DO that??
Many of us try to sleep, hope to sleep, pray to sleep… but we have trouble shutting our brains up, and we lie awake for hours, frustrated. If this is not you, then tonight you might thank your loving heavenly Father who “makes you dwell in safety”! But if this is you, ask God today to help you draw closer to His real and active presence in your life and show you what you need to understand to help you enjoy the true, deep rest He wants to give you.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)