“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
Sleep problems are a major issue in today’s world. Some say that insomnia affects nearly 60 percent of U.S. adults at least one night each week. From what I hear people saying, it seems like a much higher percentage to me. In any case, sleep disorders are very common. And this is huge problem because sleep deprivation is a major cause of health problems and accidents. Adequate sleep is essential to having a healthy body. Not to mention that the more one goes without sleep, the more a person tends to be irritable, impatient and have trouble concentrating. I think anyone who has had this problem knows how miserable it is. I don’t know the statistics but I think we would be astounded to know how many people use some kind of sleep aid whether it is prescription, over-the-counter or a natural sleep aid. The truth is that true peaceful sleep is one of those things we cannot buy.
There are many reasons that people have sleep problems. Health issues, diet, environment and other issues can cause sleeplessness. One thing that keeps many from sleeping is worry and fear. In Psalm 4:8, David wrote, “I will both lie down in peace and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” David often had many reasons to worry, fret and fear for his life yet he said he could lie down in peace (Completeness, soundness, welfare, peace) and sleep. He could sleep without fretting, without tossing and turning, without being afraid of what might happen to him. Why? He knew that God alone could keep him safe. He knew that the largest army on earth could not guarantee his safety; the best doctors on the planet could not promise he would wake up the next day. Only the LORD God could keep him safe. So he trusted himself into God’s hands and slept peacefully.
The times when I am tossing and turning, fretting and cannot sleep because of fear or wondering what will happen are times when I am not trusting God. Trusting God does not mean I know what the outcome will be. It means I can trust God that ultimately He will allow what is best for me. His ultimate goal is to fulfill His purpose for us. His goal is not for our immediate comfort or pleasure in the moment. His goal is that each of us spend eternity with Him and that His purpose for our lives be fulfilled. Only He knows how that will happen. I have to trust His wisdom, His leading and His love for me. Even when He allows painful things.
Father, I thank you for every moment of peace and calm you give to me. I also thank you that even in the midst of storms you can give me peace because I know you are my safety. Help me to trust you with my loved ones. Only you can keep them safe and see them through. You alone, O LORD, make me, make us, dwell in safety.