By Marni Montanez
Psalm 4:8 New Life Version (NLV)
I will lie down and sleep in peace.
O Lord, You alone keep me safe.
What a heartwarming verse. It is a verse of trust and wonder all mixed within it.
I will lie down in peace, There is almost a promise in those words; as if the psalmist is saying, Lord, I promise to trust you in this night, in this moment and believe that all is well.
To lie down is a surrendering. It is a position where we are most vulnerable and transparent to the world around us; both physical and spiritual. Our hearts must remain in this position before the Lord, even in our waking hours.
When we sleep we abandon our own self protection. This is total trust to allow ourselves to sleep although there is a battle raging around us in the heavenlies and the enemy is relentless in his pursuit to destroy us. It is in sleeping that we abandon our concerns and troubles to God.
For you alone O Lord……. there is no one else on the planet or in the universe that we can trust so completely. In this trusting we have total assurance that all is well as we willingly dive headlong into His promise of protection.
There is no other moment as desired and needed as the moment of resting. It is when our body rejuvenates and we feel the sweetness of being renewed. But no sleep or rest is complete without God’s presence. It is in this rest that our souls are able to regain composure and stand erect in confidence and surety.
He alone can and does comfort us on the deepest level. His hand wipes away the stress of the day and He soothes us with His caresses.
In the night He is the sentry who surrounds us and stays His hand against the presence of evil for our sake and our bodies rest in Him.
In the day, our soul rests in His peace and it is in knowing this truth that we feel safe.
Challenge: Imagine…….. God in your room, lying next to you just as a mother with her child, stroking your hair, kissing your forehead tenderly and looking upon you like you are the only one that matters.
God’s love extends past the borders of being awake or sleeping.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.