Is It Night Yet?
|Abby, feeling secure|
David had plenty of times in his life when he was never safe, when a deep, carefree sleep seemed out of the question.
In Psalm 4, the psalmist expresses his confidence in the God who will guard his sleep as well as He guards his servant's waking hours.
"Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him...In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety" (4:3, 8, NIV).
Some of us have a hard time letting go of the day. Sleep eludes us as we struggle with what has been, what is, and what is yet to come. David had as much reason as anyone to suffer insomnia. He had "issues," enemies who wanted to kill him, questions of food and shelter to deal with, people to rule, children who were rebellious.
He released all these things into the Lord's hands and went to sleep with the perfect assurance that while he slept, the One Who never sleeps (Psalm 121:4) was taking care of business.
That assurance is enough to make me look forward to bedtime!