The Resting Heart

I will lie down and sleep peacefully, for you, Lord, make me safe and secure. [Psalm 4:8 NET]

David's life was filled with times where he was hunted down. Saul chased after him before his royal reign. Years after becoming king his son Absalom drove him from the throne. In this psalm, and the one before it, he speaks of resting in the midst of tumultuous times. Sleeping in times of trials and troubles.

I think that many of us can relate to times of sleeplessness causes by trials and troubles. In these times our brains cause us to lay awake playing out what-if scenarios in our head. In such times we would do well to listen to the still small voice of our heart telling us that the Lord will keep us safe and secure.

For sure it is not easy to stay centered in such times. The nature of trials is to capture our attention and cause us to become fearful. During such times it is so important to listen to the voice of our heart.

It reminds me of a time in 1990 when my first wife lay in a hospital room fighting for her life. Oxygen was not getting her extremities and the hospital staff was ready to put her on a breathing machine. In the midst of chaos I asked them to stop. I began to pray out loud words that came from deep within me. A presence filled the room. Oxygen began to flow to her body. It was amazing. I cried out to the Lord and he heard me.

Dear Lord. In times of trouble. Help my heart to rest knowing that you are the One who makes me safe.

... this devotion is part of a series about King David.

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