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dwell in safety

By Chris Oliver
July 6, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4
Acts 24:1-27
Psalm 4:1-8
Proverbs 18:16-18

Falling asleep has always been one of my enduring abilities. As a child, I usually forfeited and retired halfway up the stairs until my father picked me up and brought my to my bedroom later that evening. As a student, I picked seats in the back of class that followed lunch, because I inevitably took a nap most days of the week. As an adult, my roommate would use a stopwatch to time how long it would take me to be rendered unconscious on the couch after I set my feet on the coffee table. I even fell asleep on the first date with my now wife, Chelsea.

In our passage we see King David entering into an evening hymn. However, unlike the context of the prayer you may have spoken last night, David is on the run for his life. His 3rd son Absalom has declared himself King and is actively hunting for his father.

As I reflect on my own rest, I do so in the comfort of safety. My father never abandoned me on the stairs. My classmates knew to wake me if the teacher called my name. My roommate locked the front door and kept the light on. However, David’s prayer gives evidence to an even greater security. After he pleads with God and expostulates with his enemies, David proclaims his joy and true security, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

I’d like to think King David had his best night’s sleep since his flight from Saul. Perhaps such a rest can only be attained in the context of persecution, but as I brush my teeth and power down my home I will aim to consider the true source of my joy and security. For the Lord does not only offer a better night’s sleep, but a more complete and consuming rest from our broken world.

To memorize:

Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

— Psalm 4:1

Prayer to start with: Lord protect us and help us guard our hearts from sin. May we walk humbly in our fallen world and proclaim your word always. Give us rest from our anxiety and trouble and may we always seek to do your will.