"You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound. I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety."
Do you find it easy to rest peacefully? Many of us find it difficult at various points in our lives. Stress from things that have happened during the day, worry about things that are to come, fear about relationships or money or the past all conspire to rob us of peace. It can be hard to be at peace in our world.
The Psalmist who write Psalm 4 knows this. It's a song about resting peacefully even in the context of war, when enemies surround us and we are at constant risk. But where does this confidence come from? He says that it comes from a gladness that is more profound than food and drink, more satisfying than being well fed and well tended to physically.
This is a recurring theme in scripture, the idea that there is security beyond our physical situation. Turning our troubles over to God in prayer can be truly liberating. It can help us rest. It can even help us sleep better, knowing that we are watched over by one sees the full picture of the world. It's not that God doesn't think our troubles and worries are important. It's just that he knows that in the "big picture" everything turns out ok. Our confidence and peace is in a God who knows that our daily worries are much smaller than God's master plan.