Bible Verse: In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

In Psalm 3, we reflected on why we can sleep well at night. Psalm 4 brings us to the place of understanding how we can sleep well at night.

Psalm 4 begins with David praying and crying out for vindication from God. Between verse 2 and verse 3 is the word Selah. Many Bible scholars believe this word means “Pause” – like a pause that is written in the music of a song.

Once he hits the pause button on his prayer for vindication, it is like David takes a deep breath and comes back to what he knows to be true. The Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; he will hear when I call. Reflect in your heart and be still.

After this “pause” in his prayer, look at how David’s prayer changes tune. He went from calling on God’s vindication to acknowledging the great and wondrous joy that God has placed in his heart. David is able to sleep in peace because of the Lord.

When you are faced with an anxious heart and you are begging God to fix all of your circumstances, take a lesson from David and pause your prayer. Take a deep breath and refocus on what you know to be true about God. Invite God to help you sleep in peace and in joy.

God invites us to find our rest in Him, and when we do, He gives us the gift of rest at night.

— Kirk Giles, President Promise Keepers Canada

Further Reading: Psalm 4

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