Thursday, August 16, 2018

Peaceful Sleep

What keeps you awake at night? Work deadlines? Soured relationships? An uncertain future? Do you find yourself tossing and turning, fretting over the challenges of the day? You’re not alone. The Sleep Health Foundation says that nearly one in three persons have, at least, a mild insomnia.  

Distress didn’t keep King David awake. In Psalm 4 he said people were ruining his reputation with baseless accusations, while others questioned his ability to rule. No doubt he was angry for being treated so unfairly. But that, apparently, didn’t stop him from sleeping like a baby. He said, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep” [Psalm 4.8a].

The great British preacher, Charles Spurgeon, commented on this verse: “There is something inexpressibly touching in this ‘lying down’ of the psalmist. In thus lying down, he voluntarily gave up any guardianship of himself; he resigned himself into the hands of another; he did so completely, for in the absence of all care, he slept; there was here a perfect trust.”

What inspired that “perfect trust?” Listen to David in 4.3: “Know that the LORD has set apart His faithful servant for Himself; the LORD hears when I call to Him.” That’s confidence right there. 

We can rest worry free when we truly believe the Lord hears our prayers and lovingly meets our needs. We are His children, We can confidently place our trust in Him.

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4.8

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