My wife and I are reading through the Psalms in our evening reading and occasionally a nugget of the Psalms jumps out of the page. Don’t you love it when, after years of reading the “Old Book” passages become alive, reinforcing old teachings or simply warming your heart.
This is the book of Psalms, and it is rich.
I pray I can communicate a portion of the blessing we receive from this wonderful book.
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
We had five chillun, and I remember using this verse occasionally to speak of sleeping with one of my chillun. It was an effort to help this youngin find some peace.
The actual recounting of this story is much more than settling a child’s fear of the dark.
King David was on the run. His subjects were turncoats, or at least every one of them suspect. Shimei cursed him as he fled from his city, the city of David. His trusted advisor, Ahithophel, an anti-type of Judas, turned traitor. His son, Absalom was leading the revolt against David.
Yet David states
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me
In the tsunami of upheaval that David was experiencing, he slept. He slept.
David went to sleep that night, thinking he may not wake up. He could be the target for assassination, the final blow that could cement Absolam as King of Israel. But David slept.
Another saint fell asleep prior to “certain” death.
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.
Peter, in the 12 chapter of Acts, had been arrested. Herod, seeing that the death of James pleased the Jews, was on a potential killing streak, and had scheduled Peter’s execution for the next day. But God had different plans for His man. He sent an angle, that had to kick the apostle awake.
David slept when being chased by his own son. Peter slept when a murderous king had plans on him.
There may be a time when a crisis hits our lives brothers. Peaceful sleep is possible, since it is the Lord that sustains us.
May God be pleased to strengthen our hearts and minds.
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