DEVOTIONAL – DEC 5
GOD PROVIDES SAFETY
Leslie M. John
“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety” Psalm 4:8
King David’s life is filled with experiences worth noting, and they are very useful for our exhortation, glorying God in our lives, and for reproof, where necessary. Although he committed serious sins in his life, yet because he confessed his sins to God, he was forgiven, and God called him a man after His own heart not because God approved David’s sin, but because he pursued God’s ways.
King Saul pursued after his own heart, while David went after the heart of God. Even though God rejected Saul, he did not reject His own people, Israel. And, David was the right choice to be the king over Israel, according to God. The LORD raised a king over Israel, a man whose heart was as compassionate as His, was. God loved Israel and the children of Israel.
“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will” Acts 13:22
David’s turmoil, troubles, loss of peace of mind on certain occasions, trials were all within the permissive limits of God. Some of the facts of his life are, as God said, the sword shall never depart from his house; he shall not build a house for the Lord, but his desire shall be fulfilled by his son, Solomon.
The occasion when Psalm 4 was written by David is not revealed in the Scriptures. However, David’s acknowledgment of God’s help in times of need, and his cry over his enemies and his comfort in the LORD, are clearly evident. His prayer was so passionate and intense that God could not have gone without answering him.
As for us, the New Testament believers, we have the “New Covenant” made by Lord Jesus Christ, who wrote the laws into our hearts, and in our minds. It has to do with the inner transformation, and complete forgiveness. Unlike the requirements of offering sacrifices, time and again, we have our sins forgiven once and for all, and God does not remember them anymore. This promise is not only for the children of Israel, but in Christ Jesus, it is for every believer in Christ, whose sins are forgiven. Throw away that negative interpretation that is applicable only to the children of Israel.
”This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:16-17)
”And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24)
David was ruler of Israel according to the choice God made, and today God is calling those, who follow His desires to enlighten the world with the truth of the knowledge of the living God. Answer His call. He needs people whose hearts follow His desires, rather than their own.
David addresses God, in Psalm 4:1, as God of righteousness, thus acknowledging God’s love and mercy towards him. He gave pre-eminence to God in his prayer, and depended on Him, before he ventured on any serious task.
David acknowledged that God enlarged him when he was in distress. He sought God’s mercy upon him. His acknowledgment of God’s help recalls his victory over philistine giant, Goliath, and in many battles. He was known as ‘man of wars’, and rightly so, he was triumphant in all, but one battle, where he counted the number of men his army. God said to him to rely fully on Him, but on one occasion, he counted his own strength, and when he tried to depend on his own strength he failed.
When we depend on God we are sure of gaining victory because God is mighty; but when we depend on our strength, we often face defeats, because our strength is limited, and may not be as mighty as of the enemy is. Therefore, it is essential that we always seek God’s help, and depend on His strength, because His strength never fails. He delivered the children of Israel with His mighty and outstretched arm; and He is available for us too, for delivering us from our stressful, disastrous and trying situations.
David saw in his life, people, who turned his glory into shame, and, therefore, he questioned them as to how long they would try to bring shame to him. He questioned them if they wished to continue to love vanity. He wanted them to know that the LORD has set apart His people, for Himself, and says that he being one such man, who was set apart for God, the LORD will hear them when he calls unto Him in prayer.
Therefore, David admonishes those who try to bring shame to him, to stand in awe of God and not sin; but introspect themselves when they are on their beds, and be calm. He advises them to offer sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the LORD.
Many would say to him as to who would do any good to them, but David trusts in the LORD and seeks His help on behalf all of them. He acknowledges that God has put gladness in his heart, more when he was in distress, rather than in situations of abundance, and plenteous of material possessions.
Then, he consoles himself and lays down to sleep in peace because he was sure that he will abide in the LORD’s safety.
People, during the time when Lord Jesus Christ was on this earth, tried to bring shame to His glorious works, yet He bore our sins on Him. He died for our sake on the cross bearing our sin to redeem us from our sin. He was buried, and was raised on the third day. Whosoever believes that He is the Lord and believes in his heart that God raised Him from the dead will receive everlasting life. (cf.. 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 10:9, John 3:16)