Do you rest and feel secure? David was a man that suffered much before he came to his throne. The troubled and jealous King Saul sought David’s life, as if this great warrior of Jehovah was just a common criminal. But he could say; Ps 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”
Without rest and sleep life could not be preserved, but few go to bed at night in peace. What is keeping us from resting? A Christian should be known by their ability to rest, rest in God! Our own conscience is touched by so many things that are going on around us. We see that the world is in trouble! People are losing their minds! Great men seem to be as children in the things they say and do. Our nation has lost respect for authority and therefore has no respect for God’s Word. Our minds are flooded with social media, and it is a wonder a person can sit ten minutes in church with their hearts and mind on what is being said. Alas, very few lie down and sleep with peace. Is it because our hearts and minds are not at peace, could it be as Isaiah the prophet said; Isa 48:22 “There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.” Have we all become wicked?
David, in spite of what was going on around him could do two things, things we find so hard to attain. He could rest, and have peace in his soul. He must have had a happy soul, and when he went to bed, his mind and body could benefit from a conscience that was at peace. Even though trouble was all around, David could have confidence that he was safe. Oh, what security! A security that is like a safety net, while constantly falling toward insecurity because of the trouble that seems to be lurking all around us we can feel safe. If we would stop for a moment, stop overloading our minds with so many things superficial, things that have no eternal value and allow things in our mind that make for peace, we would then feel secure, being confident in our safety. The Apostle Paul exhorted us in; Phil 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…” and went on to say in, Phil 4:8, 9 “…think on these things. …and the God of peace shall be with you.”
David’s security was in the fact that God had called him, God had anointed him to be a King, and God would keep his Word. And when David lost that peace, “the joy of thou salvation,” he knew where to go back and find it again. As the song writer said, “what have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms.”
We do not have to fear the politics of this nation, the economics of life; we do not even have to fear life or death. I love what The Apostle Paul told Timothy, 2 Tim 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We can have, and we must have, a God given security in our minds and hearts, to lay down in peace and sleep! David had it right; Ps 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”
Pastor Bill Ivy – Living Word Tabernacle, Gibson MO. firstname.lastname@example.org