In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
Psalm 4 is a prayer of David which is filled with much agitation during a difficult time. His enemies were slandering his name and accusing him with many false accusations. Psalm 4 reveals his heart and his response. Like in other difficult situations that David found himself in, he took his problem to the Lord. This appeal for God’s help turned into a counseling session/prayer for the wicked men to search their hearts and put their trust in God. This prayer concludes with David being confident in knowing that it is the Lord who makes him dwell in safety.
The question is: How do you respond to adversity? You, like most people prefer prosperity over problems any day of the week. Many of your prayers are geared towards having less problems and the blessings of the Lord bestowed upon you. This is all good. However, the pressures and in your life are designed by God for spiritual enlargement. David would not have been the same man after God’s own heart if he had a problem-free life. God’s uses adversity to produce growth and maturity. He wants you to trust in Him through every situation. When you lie down you will have peace and lie in safety. Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Peace does not mean the absence of conflict but rather it is a blessing that that comes from having a right relationship with God. This comes through His Son, Jesus Christ. I pray that you will have peace today even in the toughest of times. I pray that you will be able to respond like David always dwelling in peace and safety.