A Really Bright Night Light

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭

Ahhh, a good night’s sleep, that elusive delight.

There’s just so much going on in these brains of ours, so many responsibilities and decisions and experiences and conversations to wade through and sort out, that the idea of lying down in peace is almost laughable.

Except it’s not funny.

We really don’t sleep as well as we used to.

And associating peace with sleep – well, that seems a dream straight from fairy tales. So the promise of a good, solid, peaceful sleep is intriguing.

I mean, this Psalm was written by King David millennia ago. If you remember the tale of David and Goliath and the slingshot, you’ve got the right guy. But did you know that more than once David had to flee an enemy for his life? Not to mention the times he was involved in battles – hand to hand combat. No sitting in a palace and pushing a button – just plain old swords and spears.

Nasty stuff. Not particularly safe or peaceful or pleasant.

Yet here, the battle scarred war veteran isn’t falling back on his own prowess or trusting in his army – although his mighty men were valiant and brave and skilled. No. He’s trusting in a really big night light.

You know. The kind a small child cries for when it’s too dark and things are going bump in the night.

But in this case, David’s light is – well, God.

The mighty king, the slayer of giants and conqueror of kingdoms, places his trust smack dab in the only truly safe place there is.

See, he’d been in many a sticky situation. He once pretended to be mad to escape a foreign king. He had to hide in caves from his predecessor who was determined to kill him. And later in life, his own son rebelled and caused a civil war.


But in the midst of all these troubles, David declares that the Lord is his safety net – his great big, oversized, brilliant night light, the Presence of the Mighty One that calms fears, settles the heart rate, relaxes the tense shoulder and neck muscles, and allows the overactive mind to settle down for the night.

David had some practice.

He had to learn to lie down in peace. He had to choose to trust in a hand surer than his own. He had to practice over and over the skill of placing himself in God’s care.

A child’s heart settles beautifully in the presence of a nightlight.

Our hearts can learn to settle too – in the presence of the Living God.

Learn more about trust with me?

Father, it is too easy to get worked up and allow our thinking to interrupt our sleep. Teach us to trust like David, to rely on You for the peace we need to enjoy the gift of rest. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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