READ : Psalm 3:1-8
Psalms 3 and 4 were composed by David as he fled from his son Absalom. One might have been a morning song and the other an evening song. Both tell about lying down to sleep (3:5 and 4:8) and the Lord’s protection (3:5 and 4:8).
You can sense David’s fears as he writes about his foes rising up against him. What a difficult situation he faced as the superior forces of his rebellious son Absalom were advancing against him. But in reading these verses, we also sense the hope he has in the Lord’s protection and care.
There is much unrest in today’s world. Crime is rampant. Many people are afraid to go to sleep at night for fear of having their homes broken into, or worse yet, being murdered in their beds. Also many people who have suffered earthquakes live in fear of aftershocks. Can we have peace in all of these things in a world that is warped with fear and anguish?
Our hope and help come from the Lord. He alone can give us peace in everything. No one knows what the night of darkness can bring, but God’s light can penetrate the darkest night with His protecting love.
“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Ps. 4:8).
Father, You are the light that can brighten our night. You are our protection and You give us peace as we sleep. Thank You for Your protecting love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.