In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
Good sleep is something that a lot of people are desiring, yet are not always getting it. It is common for people to toss and turn all night, or constantly be getting up for something throughout the night. When morning comes they feel as if they had not slept at all and are not rested and ready for the new day.
To help combat this restless sleeping people will try many different things. It is common for many to have a drink of alcohol in the evening before going to bed to begin to relax. Others take medicines, both over-the-counter and prescription, to help them sleep better at night.
The reason many cannot sleep is that they have things on their minds. They are worried about tomorrow, they are worried about what happened that day, they are trying to figure out what to do in a situation, and many other reasons.
David said he was able to lie down in peace and sleep. Yet, much of his life he had been running from enemies. He had peace because he knew that God was protecting him. He was safe in God’s hands.
The world only has the here and now and what they can individually do. They do not have the peace of God, the One in absolute control, in their lives. They live in sin and hope that everything will turn out all right, so they toss and turn seeking rest that is not there.
Believers know that God is in control of every situation in their lives. They do not have to worry about any thing. One can lie down at night, laying down every situation in his life at the feet of Jesus, knowing that God is in control and will take care of him. All fear and worry can leave, so that he can have a peaceful rest.
Place all of your cares and worries into God’s hands. Trust that He is in control. Then when you go to sleep at night, you can rest assured that God is with you and will protect you.
Put all your trust in God and not the things of this world. This world will let you down and destroy you. God will build you up and give you life, eternal life.
Do you have peace at night?
I pray today that you will know the peace God offers; that you will put all of your trust in God; that you will allow God to take care of your worries and fear; and that God will give you a peaceful rest each night.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 68:19
Every day people are loaded down with many different types of burdens and cares. The list is endless in what those burdens are: bills, jobs, repairs, break-downs, sickness, children, spouse, pregnancy, neighbors, pets, cleaning, events, and many more.
The level of the burden and what the burden is, is different for each person. For some people the care is very heavy on their minds, all day, every day. It can mean the difference of having food on the table or not having food to eat for some.
Others it is just a major concern about something in their life, such as what to where to an event.
As a person carries the weight of those burdens, it can crush him. Many people have committed suicide over the weight of burdens. They feel as though there is no way out from under the heavy burden. They fail to realize that there is one who is willing to carry those burdens and guide them through the situations of life.
Every believer needs to be praising God for carrying their burdens. Jesus said that believers are to go to Him to find rest. He is willing to carry your burden, if you will carry His burden, which is light compared to yours.
The heaviest burden that you will have is the burden of your sin. Sin is what brings about death, both now and for eternity. Jesus took that up on the cross and nailed it there. You cannot carry it.
If God can carry that heavy of a burden, He can also carry all the rest of your burdens.
Think about how great God is. Here He is, the King, the Creator of the universe, God Almighty, Ruler of all, and, yet, He is willing to help you out and carry your burden.
With that in mind, give Him praise. Tell the world what He is doing for you. Rest in the fact that God has it all in control, because He is carrying it all.
This is not a one time event that God is carrying your burdens. It is a daily thing that He does this. Trust Him and give Him all the praise. It is a relief knowing He is carrying your burdens.
I pray today that you will lay down all of your burdens at the feet of Jesus; that you will trust God to carry your burdens; that you will find rest in Jesus; and that you will praise God for carrying your burdens.