If you asked most moms what is the one thing they would like as a gift (birthday, Mother’s day, anniversary), many would say peaceful sleep.
Our society struggles with peaceful sleep. As moms, we worry about our families, we worry about the future for our kids, and we worry about today (what will happen – most of which we cannot control).
Here in Psalm 4, David writes these words:
In peace I will both lay myself down and sleep, for you alone, Yahweh, make me live in safety.Psalm 4:8
We don’t sleep well, because we don’t have peace. David tells us that we can have peaceful sleep by trusting in God. As we sleep, God provides safety.
God’s peace is hard to understand. You can’t see, but you can feel it. When in life’s most difficult moments, you can have peace in knowing God’s presence is with you watching over you and taking care of you.
The words of Psalm 4 indicate a writer who is worried and distressed. David calls out unrighteousness and skeptics around him, but David confidently calls on God to “lift up the light of your countenance upon us” (vs. 6) and “put gladness in my heart” (vs. 7).
In Psalm 29:11, David writes that peace is a blessing from the Lord, “Yahweh will give strength to his people. Yahweh will bless his people with peace.”
When I am distressed and worry before sleep, I pray. Praying helps me feel calm and at peace. I can bring my requests to the Lord and let go of them.
If you are tired and need rest today, trust in God’s promise that he is with you and he will give you peace.