8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
I imagine David making this musical arrangement complete with electric guitar, bass and keyboard. He probably had some backup singers to accompany him during the interludes. And a sax–you can’t forget the sax.
This psalm was written as a song–a celebration to God and in honor of his greatness.
At the same time, it is also a song for us, a song meant to give us comfort and remind us of the peace that God offers us.
I love watching The Baby sleep. She is so content, so unafraid. So unlike me. As adults, we realize that there are indeed, things that go bump in the night. There are scarier things than the monster under the bed. But The Baby doesn’t have anything inside her to fear. She knows that all her needs will be met. She sleeps the sleep of angels. The Boy and The Girl are getting older–they are losing some of that faith. They are learning to be afraid.
Maybe this is why Jesus tells us to have the faith of a child–a young child. Open, ready, accepting. If we had that kind of faith, we would realize that the Lord lets us dwell in safety.