Psalm 4 talks about trusting God when things get rough. I love it. As one who believes in absolute truth that comes to us through Jesus Christ who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” it is comforting in a world where relativism is so prevalent. And what is this absolute truth? That God is with us. And He loves us with an infinite love because He is Love itself. And He has unending Mercy because of this everlasting Love.
I’m not perfect and I am a sinner in need of forgiveness. We all are because we are human. We are because we are never satisfied. Imperfect and desperately in need of a Savior, we often deny that or, worse, don’t even know that we need one.
The lines of this Psalm that most resonate with me are verses 8 and 9:
“But you have given my heart more joy
than they have when grain and wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and fall asleep,
for you alone, LORD, make me secure.”
That’s supremely attractive to me. To be so secure and so sure of my place in God’s heart that I experience much joy despite the uncertainties in the world around me, despite the slippery slopes and murky views, despite the dangers and the anger and the fear in so many around me. In myself…
I should always be grateful for that knowledge of the Truth that God is Love and that He only wants our willing hearts to love Him in return. When we love and authentically trust Him, all unnecessary concerns, all anger and hatred, melt away. I pray for a heart like His. God’s is a heart that loves everyone, no matter how much they hurt or deny or insult Him. God gives us a “peace that passes all understanding” that lives in our hearts. We just need to be open to receive it gratefully, joyfully.
I want to trust God implicitly so that I can lie down and fall asleep knowing I am safely held in His arms, close to His heart even when the battle rages all around me. So close I can hear His heart beating with love for me and can feel its warmth that touches me, permeates my being, and allows me to Love with that same reckless, foolish, selfless abandon with which God loves you and me.
Read the whole Psalm and see how our lives can be if we just give ourselves over to God.