“Stand in awe [peace], and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still [safe]. Selah.”
peace to sleep by published week of march 21, 2021
Think about this statement made by David in Psalm 4:8 when he writes that in peace he lies down and sleeps because the LORD alone provides His safety. How many of us really believe that it is the Lord alone who makes us dwell in safety? David knew this first hand as he was a wanted and a hunted man. The most powerful man in Israel, King Saul, wanted his head on a platter. Saul hated David and had a raging jealousy because David was growing in popularity among the people of Israel. Saul did not want David around so he sought to kill him.
Fortunately, God had other plans. David had already been set apart by God to be the future King of Israel. David was a young man with great faith in God. He stood up to the Philistine giant Goliath not because he thought he could beat him, but because he trusted that God would fight for him and that God would protect His people from their enemies.
Because David was willing to step out in faith over and over again, he witnessed God’s great power displayed in his life and on his behalf. The more he saw God at work, the deeper his faith grew. Can you imagine having an army of men hunting for you and not even losing sleep over it? David's peace can be observed in this verse as he essentially says, “In peace I will lie down in sleep . . . ” Notice that David did not say this in the midst of peaceful circumstances. He was a victim of ruthless enemies that wanted his life along with chaos that surrounded his life . . . . yet, he slept in peace.
Faith in God is a necessity to peace. You cannot rest in God’s protection if you do not trust Him and you cannot trust Him if you do not know His character. You cannot get to know His character if you refuse to trust Him. Yes, it does all go in circles, that is, when you know God, you will trust God, which brings peace; but you cannot know God without trusting Him. This is truly one of the mysteries of Christianity.
So, do you lack peace? Are you allowing your circumstances to dictate your faith? If so, go back to the foundation of your relationship with Christ: faith. He is the same God now as He was in David’s life. He longs to do more than you can even begin to ask or imagine and He wants you to experience His peace which passes all understanding.
“Father, Help me to remember that You are the only source of real peace and safety. Remind me to look to You alone, placing all my hope and faith in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”