“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.”
The terrors of the night torment many believers. Night terrors may be small anxieties which multiply in size and control our minds in the middle of the night. They may be from past wounds or mistakes, they may be from present pressures, or they may spring from future potentials of trouble. Be they large or little, night terrors rob us of the rest God intends us to enjoy.
David had every reason for night terrors. His son Absalom was pursuing him. His very life was being threatened, his position of king usurped, his dignity smashed, his comfort removed. Add to this the sense of failure David must have felt as a father. His own son had turned against him. Yet David was not tormented by night terrors; instead he enjoyed a good night’s rest. “I lie down and sleep, I wake because the Lord sustains me.”
What was the secret he knew that we so often don’t? Why could he sleep in this crisis when we toss and turn on our beds over the smallest disturbance? I believe the answer was in his security system. No, he did not have electronic alarms around his tent; he did not have razor wire surrounding his camp. He had God. God was his security. His security was not in the opinion of others; his reputation had now been tarnished. His security was not in his armed forces; they had been decimated. His security was not in his position; it had been lost. His security was God. God sustained him, his times were in God’s hands, his life was surrendered to God’s care and keeping, his security was in God alone.
What or who is your security system? Is it your reputation? It can be tarnished. Is it your position? It can be lost. Is it your material resources? They can be stolen. Find your security in the care and keeping of God and go to sleep. Rest, knowing that he who keeps you “will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). Rest, breathe deep, snore, sleep in once in a while, know that God is your security system.
Prayer Starter: Lord, you are my security. My ultimate dependence is on you. Protect and provide for my heart. Bring me rest despite my disturbing circumstances.
About the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.” Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
This excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book “Refresh“. Lyndon wrote “Refresh“ specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.