In Peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord make me dwell in safety.
Preparations only take us so far in life. We can work every day, all day to ensure our family will be protected and taken care of in the event of an unknown and uncertain future. But, doing so will not always bring us peace. There is only one way we will receive true peace and that is through our relationship with the Father.
When David wrote this particular Psalm, he was crying out in distress to the Lord. Rewards abounded to those who were sinning against God and David was frustrated. He urgently wanted to remind them that Earthly rewards are momentary; it is only with God that true satisfaction and rewards would come.
David’s cries fill our heart with joy and reminders even today. Distress can easily fill us as we watch the world around us. Often it can appear that the wicked continue to receive benefits and rewards while the faithful do not. We are frequently cast aside in favor of a secular culture; we are ridiculed by those who refuse to understand the power of faith. But in the moments of silence, when we lie in our beds at night, we know we can rest quietly in God. We will be able to receive a restorative peace, knowing we are safe in His care as faithful followers of His word. God protects the faithful and our utmost preparation comes in knowing we have a solid foundation of faith and a personal relationship with our Father.