‘In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.’ – Psalm 4.8From Sam Lomas
How did you sleep last night?
I don’t know about you, but I certainly go through seasons of irregular sleep. Perhaps you can relate to that feeling of struggling to drift off or randomly waking in the night with one thought on your mind. There could be a number of reasons why you may lose sleep. It could be due to your work load; relational breakdown; exams; health concerns; worrying about your children… the list goes on. Often there is a connection between our sleep (or lack of) with the things that cause us to be concerned.
When King David wrote Psalm 4, he gives the impression that he was stressed. People were making him look bad by accusing him of things he hadn’t done (v2). Some were questioning whether he should even be king (v6). David probably felt pretty upset and angry about being treated unfairly. It wouldn’t be a surprise if David spent his last moments before bed overthinking and stewing about everything that was going on. Yet in verse 8 as David concludes this Psalm, we read these amazing words, ‘In peace I will lie down and sleep’.
How could David be so confident about his sleep?
Well the answer lies in the second half of verse 8, ‘for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety’. David trusted in the Lord. He knew that regardless of whatever he might be facing, the Lord (and only the Lord) was able to help him safely through these. This knowledge enabled David to give all of his cares and worries over to the Lord before going to sleep in peace.
The next time you are being robbed of sleep by your thoughts, bring them to the Lord in the knowledge and faith that He will take hold of your cares and concerns so that you don’t have to lie in bed stewing.
Practically, a helpful tip might be to write down all your concerns on individual pieces of paper. Then place the pieces of paper in a bowl and say a prayer asking the Lord to care for these troubles while you sleep. This will help you to acknowledge the giving of your concerns over to the Lord.
In peace you can sleep, for the Lord makes you dwell in safety.