I have trouble sleeping. I wake up almost every night for an hour or so and lay awake. Thoughts and worries start trickling in. (Or, lyrics to a song I can’t quite remember.)
This verse has so much meaning to me:
“In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” 4:8
David pretty much had the weight of the world on his shoulders most of his life. The beginning of chapter four tells us that he’s troubled, ganged up on and being personally attacked when he wrote these words. Being able to lie down and sleep at a time like that is peace that surpasses our understanding. That is exactly what we’re promised in Philippians 4:7.
What keeps you up at night, or what are you deeply concerned about?
How do we achieve the type of trust that David has in God during troubled times?
Jesus is such a relatable God. He’s laid awake, feeling weighted with agony. He’s stayed up all night praying. He’s asked God to take things from him, in which God told him no. Satan lies to us and tells us we’re alone. He baits us to worry and feeds our fears. But we are not alone!
We are offered perfect peace from whatever we’re burdened by. I know that, yet still I worry. Let’s grab a hold of that peace. David doesn’t react out of emotions (at least this chapter), but he writes a psalm and invites God into his worries. He proclaims what is true about God, even if maybe he momentarily doubts it. Most importantly, he remembers the harvest.
“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.”
Remembering God’s faithfulness is such a vital piece to trusting in God and experiencing peace.
The next time anxiety clouds your thought life, remember. Think about a time God was with you, or answered a prayer, or tangibly supported you. Look back on a part of the Bible that encourages you to be faithful (Hebrews 11 is a great summary).
“Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surprises all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7