OUR GOD OUR NIGHT WATCH
“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety!” [Psalm 4:8]]
Sweet Evening Hymn! I shall not sit up to watch through fear, but I will lie down; and then I will not lie awake listening to every rustling sound, but I will lie down in peace and sleep, for I have nought to fear.
He that hath the wings of God above him needs no other curtain! Better than bolts or bars is the protection of the Lord. Armed men kept the bed of Solomon, but we do not believe that he slept more soundly than his father, whose bed was the hard ground, and who was haunted by blood-thirsty foes. Note the word “ONLY“, which means that God ALONE was his Keeper, and that though alone, without man’s help, he was even then in good keeping, for he was “alone with God.”
A quiet conscience is a good bedfellow. How many of our sleepless hours might be traced to our untrusting and disordered minds. They slumber sweetly whom faith rocks to sleep. No pillow so soft as a promise; no coverlet so warm as an assured interest in Christ.
O Lord, give us this calm repose on Thee, that like David we may lie down in peace, and sleep each night while we live; and joyfully may we lie down in the appointed season, to sleep in death, to rest in God!