“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
This verse was penned by our friend David. It comes at the end of Psalm 4, which is not but 8 verses long. David wrote this Psalm to pour out a complaint to God against his enemies. However, he begins by recognizing that His righteousness comes from God alone. He also reminds himself of past mercies of God.
“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!” Psalm 4:1
We can learn a thing or two from David in this Psalm. We can be like David and bring our complaints and our prayers for different and better to God. However, we must never forget that He is our righteousness and we should always remember what He has already done for us. Remembering God’s past mercies to us are what builds our faith. Knowing what He has carried you through in the past will help you to know that He will continue to carry you into your future.
In verse 2 David is asking God “How long?” Have you ever been there? I know I have. I have wondered how long I would have to bring the request to God and feel like I was getting no answer. This is where the faith comes in. And it seems to me that the next few verses are David giving himself a pep talk so to speak. Oh I’ve had to do that too.
“But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.” Psalm 4:3-5
David was reminding himself of all the things he knew already. That God had already set him apart, that the Lord has answered him in the past and that He would continue to do so. To be angry at injustices but do not sin. David also told himself what to think about and to keep silent and let the Lord handle whatever was on his heart.
I was talking to a friend the other day about a thing that has been on my heart. This reminds me of that conversation. I was giving her an update on a situation that has been on my heart and I recounted to her that many times, I will feel the anxiety of the unanswered prayer come to mind and I will start wanting to tell God how I really need this answer and exactly what needs to be done and then I remind myself. He has brought me this far and even now the ways I have seen Him working have been greater than I could have come up with. So… I change my prayer and I take a deep breath and just pray “carry on Lord!” I don’t know but maybe this was what was going on with David too. His anxiety was building and he at first wanted to not only pray for an answer but to tell God HOW to answer. But instead, he changed direction and he was giving himself the pep talk to just trust the Lord with it.
“There are many who say ‘Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!’ You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” Psalm 4:6-8
So now because David renews His trust in God he is receiving the blessing of God. The blessings that he is recognizing are already his for the taking, are the joy that is in his heart, yes even in the midst of circumstances and the peace of sleep just knowing that the Lord has whatever is concerning him! The blessings of joy and peace are already ours even while we are still waiting on answers to specific requests. We can live in that joy and peace simply because of his past mercies upon us and the trust that we have that He is still working on our behalf. Yes, even when we don’t see it. Peace that comes from this trust will bring you rest when you need it most!