A safe place

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psalms 4:8).

Too often, we find ourselves in need of help.

At times help is readily available. Other times, help is nowhere to be found.

And, often we realise that there is but one place our help could come from…from above.

So, the psalmist’s, “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness…”

The words of this psalm show that David was under the weather. Why?

Bad news, slander, disinformation, lies (v.2) “How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?” David’s enemies knew how to “bring down” a person.

Bad news, disturbing news (v.6). The “glass-half-empty” people were complaining, “Who will show us some good?” There were/are news of wars, earthquakes, unrest, violence, etc. Nothing new under the sun.

Bad news, there is plenty, let us be merry (v.7b).

How can abundance be bad news? Times of plenty may cause spiritual poverty…even mental poverty.

Ever heard of the parable of the rich fool, (Luke 12:16)?

Yet, with all this happening around him, the psalmist was able to lay down and sleep in peace: the “Elijah kind of sleep”, (1Kings19:5).

How could one lie down and sleep with all the bad news/scary stuff around?

What gives one that kind of peace, to lay down and sleep?

The believer’s peace is the result of their trust that God – the Merciful, Gracious, Omnipotent God is totally in control.

”In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psalms 4:8).

God even provided for everyone who believes, an eternal safe place, where our rest is complete: in His presence. “Come to Me”, Jesus said.