01 Aug 2021
Dear church family
In recent weeks, I have been experiencing physiological difficulties sleeping at night.
I was glad to come across a devotional reflection on Psalm 4.
May Abba Father and His Word minister to your heart and soul as you find rest and strength in the Lord day by day.
TOSSING AND TURNING
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
What keeps you awake at night? Lately I’ve been losing sleep, tossing and turning on my bed, trying to work out a solution to an issue. Eventually I begin fretting about not getting enough rest to handle the challenges of the next day!
Sound familiar? Troubled relationships, an uncertain future, whatever it is — we all give in to worry at one point or another.
King David was clearly in distress when he penned Psalm 4. People were ruining his reputation with groundless accusations (v2). And some were questioning his competency to rule (v6). David probably felt angry for being treated so unfairly. Surely he could have spent nights stewing about it. Yet we read these remarkable words: “In peace I will lie down and sleep” (v8).
Charles Spurgeon explains verse 8 beautifully: “In thus lying down, . . . [David] resigned himself into the hands of another; he did so completely, for in the absence of all care, he slept; there was here a perfect trust.” What inspired this trust? From the start, David was confident that God would answer his prayers (v3). And he was sure that since God had chosen to love him, He would lovingly meet his needs.
May God help us to rest in His power and presence when worries threaten. In His sovereign and loving arms, we can “lie down and sleep.”[ written by Ms Chia Poh Fang, Our Daily Bread Ministries, 24 May 2018 ]