“I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, Lord, make me live in safety.” Psalm 4:8.
The great warrior-poet-king, David, is responsible for composing a majority of the songs and poems in the book of Psalms. David experienced many great highs and lows in his life, and, like any great author, he was able to convey his emotion into his writings.
Psalm 4 is a unique writing of David’s. This psalm, quite often entitled “The Night Prayer,” speaks of God’s infinite righteousness and David’s striving to be a holy man. David writes of those who oppose him, those who seek to do harm to him, and of God’s protection of David in all his comings and goings; if ever a man lived who knew of God’s deliverance in times of danger, it was David. For a great portion of his life, David was continually on the run, either from Saul, the Philistines, and even at one point, his own son. David knew first hand how God provided for those that sought Him. More importantly, David knew of the peace that God could provide, even in the midst of hardship and danger. This confidence of God’s provision of safety and peace is evidenced in David’s final line of his prayer, “I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, Lord, make me live in safety.”
Quite often when we are confronted with trials or hardships, sleep is a difficult commodity to come by. Our minds become focused solely on the infinite negative possibilities of our situation, and the lack of restful sleep begins to take a physical toll on our bodies. The world hasn’t changed any since David’s time; sin and violence still abound, there are those who seek to do harm to good and innocent people. At every turn we hear of death and destruction, and our worries and fears may begin to get the best of us. Luckily, God hasn’t changed either; He still provides shelter and the promise of peace for those who love Him and seek after Him. God will provide peace for us and He will restore us. He will grant us a soothing reassurance of His presence and afford us the safety we need to rest without fear.