“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, oh Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8.”
Many nights, we recite that precious promise with our children before bed. Last week I forgot to say it with my daughter Anna, and she quickly called out, ‘Daddy, I’m scared.” I ran back up the stairs and said the verse with her. Sweet Anna’s response took my breath away.
“That makes me feel like I’m in Heaven,” she said as she cuddled back under her blankets and went to sleep.
This past week, feelings of peace have been under attack because of the attacks on Paris. Many Americans have had their eyes opened to the fact that we can’t control everything in life. They feel vulnerable. Perhaps you do too. Yet God is right where He was a week ago when I wrote to you. He is seated on the throne, in control and abounding in love.
According to scholars, we don’t know when David penned the 4th Psalm. But knowing how he was hunted by King Saul and involved in many battles where the odds seemed stacked against him, I can just imagine David finding a cave or a ditch or a crevice that might give him protection from his enemies for the night.
And as he laid down to sleep, He prayed this simple prayer. I imagine it gave him the same type of peace it gives my daughter, and my son, and my family.
So when you are overwhelmed by the evil around us, Open up Psalm 4. Know that the Lord alone makes us dwell in safety. He is faithful. He is our King!