Meditation Thought: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) May 5, 1983
Only when we feel we have no need to defend ourselves are we able to relax and rest.
There are many areas in life which threaten us – not just physical, but emotional, mental and spiritual. We at times fear the circumstances that might come in the future.
If we have to cope with all of these threats by our own power, we can hardly rest, for we are poorly equipped to defend from every side the things which could destroy us is they reach us, and we must constantly be on guard to meet the challenges of the foes.
But when we know that the Lord will defend us from all harm, we no longer need to be on guard or to fight. We do need to make effort, however, making sure that we are within God’s presence so that He can protect us. He will not force us to be where He is, doing what He is doing. But if we are not with Him, doing His works – then we are in the wilderness and lost and alone, forced to fight whatever would destroy us.
Prayer: Oh Lord – I desire to be with You, doing your works. Help me to be even more perceptive as to how to be with You without wandering off to follow some interesting distraction. Help me to really do Your works, not just desire to do them.
Then shall I dwell in safety and sleep in peace.