Psalm 4:8 - Finding Peace While Sleeping.
Psalm 4:8 - Finding Peace While Sleeping.
Psalm 4:8 (NLT) I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you
alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.
Psalm 4:8 (CWR) At night I will sleep in peace because the Lord
watches over me and keeps me safe.
In peace i.e. Without anxiety. [NIV SB]
The peace that God gives is far from a relaxation technique. It
is a peace that enables an anxious person to lie down and sleep
(3:5). [Nelson SB]
David wrote this psalm as he was about to retire for the night
(v. 8). He could not do much about the war around him, but he could
do something about the war within him. He did not want to lie in
bed and worry, so he committed himself and his situation to the
He asked (1-3). Asking the Lord for help is still a good way
to deal with inner turmoil (Phil. 4:6-7).
He believed (4-5). He faced his anger honestly and gave it to
the Lord (Eph. 4:26). Instead of lying in bed and thinking about
your problems, meditate on the Lord and offer Him sacrifices of
He received (6-8). In the darkness, he saw the face of God and
received light. In his sorrow, he discovered the gift of gladness. In the
time of battle, he received peace. God did not immediately change the
situation, but He did change David; He can do the same for you. [Chapter by
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe re Psa. 4]
When we lay our heads on the pillow at night, the only
security we have is God's presence. For all of our security systems,
yearly physicals, savings accounts, and pension plans, the only real
peace we can find comes from knowing that we will never face life
alone. God will always be there with us.
The psalmist, David, understood this. As a soldier he carried
swords. As a general he had an army. As a king he had guards. But what
he knew in his heart was that only God's presence was a true source
What about you? Have you begun to experience this peace
promised by God? Becoming a believer didn't erase all your problems or
change the world to a rosy shade of pink, but becoming a believer does
put you in the lap of One who will protect you, watch over you, help
you through the problems, and make you a better person because of
them. You can rest in peace knowing that you will never be alone
again. God is watching over you. [The One Year Bible for New Believers
re Psalm 4:8]
In this psalm David proclaimed his faith in God's ability to
answer him when he called and to protect him even when he was pursued
and slandered by his enemies. David's experiences with God had
taught him that he did not have to wait to praise God until he was
enjoying "better times." Though David was weary and may have been
spending the night in a cave as he fled his enemies and didn't know the
outcome of the danger he was in, his trust produced joy that was greater
than the joy experienced by those celebrating a great harvest. And he
could then lie down in peace and sleep because he knew God alone would
keep him safe. What situation or problem could steal your sleep and
your peace and joy? Call on the living God, who will answer when you
call to him. And remember that you can close your eyes and rest
because God's eyes never close. The One who never sleeps cares for you
personally and watches over you. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re
Psa. 4:3, 6-8]
Peace With God Is The Fruit Of Oneness With God
How do we maintain a sense of peace and spiritual balance when
The answer is found in a close, abiding relationship with
Jesus Christ. The words of Helen Lemmel's classic hymn, "Turn Your
Eyes Upon Jesus," contains a vital and exciting truth: an unshakable
peace is available to all who turn the eyes of their hearts to Jesus.
Chances are that when adversity strikes, one of the first
things you do is to wonder why. Then you may question what kind of
impact it will have on your life. While reactions such as these are
normal, we also need another response, and that is to turn to the One
who holds all comfort and security firmly within His grasp.
No one, outside of God, is equipped to handle our problems. He
never meant for us to be strong on our own He wants us to find courage
and hope and strength in Him and His Word.
Many wonder what they can do to change the feelings of anxiety
they feel when they come under pressure. One of the first steps is to
recognize anxiety for what it is, the opposite of peace. It is the fan
that flames the fires of doubt and confusion and has the ability to
leave us helplessly bundled up in worry and fear. When we cave into
thoughts of anxiety, we lose our spiritual focus and mindset. The key to
overcoming anxiety is found only in the presence of God.
Paul admonishes us, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be
made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus"
(Phil. 4:6, 7).
Accepting God's timetable and the limitations He places on a
given situation helps to dispel rising anxiety. Therefore, let Him
provide for you in His timing. When you accept life as a gift from the
hand of God, then you will do what Helen Lemmel's song says - you
will turn your eyes toward Jesus. You will look full into His
glorious face and there find mercy and grace, forgiveness and hope, peace
and everlasting security.
What would you give to experience the peace of God? Are you
willing to lay down the anger that haunts your soul because someone has
done something to wound you? God knows the hurt you have experienced.
Will you trust Him in guietness, knowing that He has not forgotten
you but stands ready to heal you?
God's peace is unshakable because there has never been a time
or event when God has felt disturbed. His peace and presence are
sure. They are immovable. You will accomplish many things - great and
mighty - when you keep your focus on God.
At one of the most difficult points in his life, David wrote
Psalm 91, which begins, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most
High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the
LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him I will
How could David write such words, especially with King Saul
trying to kill him? David had a divine, unshakable peace within his
heart. He knew this was God's responsibility and David allowed Him to
protect his life.
The safest place for you when trials come is in the
everlasting arms of Jesus. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His
disciples and said to them, "Peace be with you" (John 20:19). This was not
a trite greeting; the Lord had a specific point in mind. He spoke
of God's peace, immovable and eternal - the peace you need today.
Does something trouble you? Has a conflict, a sorrow, a
situation escalated beyond your control? Hear His message to you: "Peace
be with you."
Let His peace invade your heart. Tell Him all you are feeling.
He understands and knows that life can be difficult - but He has a
solution. Our peace resides in our Savior, who loves us unconditionally.
He has promised to keep us and deliver us into the Father's loving
arms. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley re Psa. 4:8]
The Christian who shares the confidence of the psalmist need
have no fear during either the slumbers of the night or the duties of
the day. [SDA Bible Commentary]
God is unchanging. If we find our joy in the Lord, that joy will
be with us always. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
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