April 2, 2018
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
Read Psalm 3
These are David's words to God when he was fleeing Israel. David, a famous and mighty warrior, decided to leave when it came to his knowledge that entire Israel had made an alliance with his son Absalom. He decided not to fight Absalom for the throne.
Although David was going through a sad and a frightening circumstance, He still chose to trust God. He said that even though how many were his foes, how many were rising up against him, and how many were saying that God will not deliver him (v. 1,2), he still believed that God was his shield, his glory, and the one who will lift his head high (v. 3).
Telling our self not to be afraid and troubled is easier said than done. A loved one who is in pain because of cancer, the unending bombing attacks in Syria, our unstable finances, our broken relationships - these are just some of the news we might have heard or experienced today. These are parts of the reality we are living in. And these causes stress and anxiety, taking away the joy from us. How can we have peace despite these circumstances?
Like David, we can depend on God, trust in Him, and find peace in Him as we continue to believe in His promises. What our hope is built on and what our confidence is placed on determine our ability to experience peace. Like David, we can lie down, sleep tonight, and wake up again tomorrow because we have a God who sustains us (v. 5).
We will not fear even though tens of thousands assail on our every side (v. 6) because our peace is founded on the fact that even though we do not understand what God is doing in our present situation, His promises will take care of us and He will deliver us (v.8).