So many of us have had a run in with sleepless nights of worry and distress. We could be worried about the outcome of a loved one, about a situation at work, or at school, we may be worried about our children, our health, a new move or a new job. We worry about our marriages, our finances, our own spiritual needs, or the spiritual needs of others. This worry often seems as if it were a childhood “boogeyman” who lives beneath our beds waiting to consume us in the darkness of the night. When all is still and quiet, the worry settles in and begins to control our thoughts, and our sleep as it settles itself into our minds for the night.
David was a man who was consumed by a worry that chased him all over the map, seeking his life. His life was at stake and wherever he roamed, he always felt as if the enemy was there, waiting to swallow him up at the hand of a sword. He was a fugitive from the great King Saul who sought to take his life because of his overwhelming jealousy. David had a lot on his mind, and yet, we see in Psalms 4:8 he was still able to lay his head down, where ever that may have been at the time, and sleep in peace in the Lord. Davis states, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
We too can be at peace in the LORD. As the evening breaks, take the time to pray to your Father about the issues waiting to consume you as you drift off to sleep. The LORD provides for His children; He can provide a “peace which surpasses all understanding” for those who seek it. Do not allow yourself to fall victim to those sleepless nights that await you. David’s life was in danger every time he laid his head down, but yet, he found a way to allow himself to dwell in safety in his Father’s protective embrace. We too can experience that safety, we just have to allow it to happen and trust that it will happen. May the LORD bless you and keep you always, sweet dreams.