I will lie down and sleep
By Teresa A. LeNeave
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. NIV
How hard is it for you to fall sleep? To sleep all night? Does your mind refuse to quiet down enough to relax? Lack of sleep is one of the number one complaints doctors hear. Fatigue. Insomnia. It's an epidemic in America. Almost everyone is tired all the time.
My husband and I just returned from a two-week trip to Italy. Greg slept for three days! If we wasn't on a walking tour, or eating, he was sleeping. One afternoon, on the tour bus, I was watching him sleep and I was reminded of the Bible verse, "I will lie down and sleep in peace". How good it is to lie down and sleep in peace.
Some of you may be going through a tough time right now. Someone is sick. Someone has passed away. Someone is causing you grief. Those are things you can't do anything about. No one can stop death and when sickness comes you simply have to deal with it one way or the other. So many times, life's burdens are heavy and we're just not sure what's going to happen next. I promise you, even if life's a struggle, there can be rest in God. He is the one who makes you dwell in safety.
The eternal, unchanging, promises of God are like a blanket that protects you even when life throws a curve ball. Pressure may build up and surround us, but, we can lie down and sleep in peace.
King David said, "For you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." David was convinced that God is the one who gives a sense of security and peace.
During the night when you toss and turn; you wake up all through the night with a feeling of fear in your heart; you feel distressed and afraid, that's the time to give God a chance to deliver on his promise. When I feel like that, I turn on a Bible CD or listen to the Bible from my cell phone. Somehow, the Word of God relaxes me and I can sleep. It will work for you, too.
But, you know David didn't have a Bible CD or the Bible on his cell phone. All he had was his trust in God. Still, he refused to let troubling thoughts and fears perplex him. Right in the middle of trouble, he said, "I will lie down and sleep in peace".
You know what it's like to lie down, but sleep escapes you. Somehow David had something inside him that gave him confidence even though he was in a war, he was secure enough to lie down and sleep in peace.
Everywhere you go, you hear everyone saying, "I'm so busy. I never have a minute to rest. I am so overwhelmed." Everything is coming at you at the same time. What do you do? Somehow you have to make a choice to make the main thing, the main thing. Don't let life overwhelm you or fatigue will encapsulate you. You, alone, can take charge of your thoughts and external aggravations. Like David, we can find rest for our weary souls by leaning on an everlasting Father. God. Jesus Christ. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.