Tremble and do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord.
6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:4-8
Two related verses in this passage struck me this morning.
No matter who we are or our lot in life, we all lie down to sleep. Some may be in a drunken stupor and most others with the clearest of heads.
There are times, though, we’re able to search our hearts as we lie there. That is the one time most of us have for reflection.
No phone calls, emails, or interruptions, just us and our hearts. It’s actually a powerful time both in your life and in the life of a loved one.
Later in this chapter, David reminds us that we lie down and dwell in safety.
Recall a few days ago we discussed praying for those loved ones, often that God would bring them to the end of themselves. As they lie down to sleep would be one such time He would accelerate that searching.
Are you at peace as you close your eyes each night?
Is your conscience clear?
Are you harboring bitterness?
Who do you know that’s not at peace? Pray for them. Pray that the Lord will use this time to convict, encourage, bring them to tears, and draw that person to their knees. Pray that God would allow them to hit rock bottom so they can look up again.