Scripture: Psalm 4
Key verses: (6-8)
6 There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O LORD!”
7 You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.
8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.
Reflection: I heard a speaker remark once about how we have a problem with our use of time, and the anxiety it provokes. We go to bed feeling like we didn’t get enough done. Then we wake up feeling like we didn’t get enough sleep. We have a hard time letting ourselves lie down and sleep in peace, because there is more to be done than we can ever manage. Many of us feel chronically guilty about that. Then we feel bad about feeling guilty all the time and being over-stressed. We can’t win.
I don’t know about you, but I long for the gladness in my heart, and the peaceful sleep that the Psalmist speaks of. I know it comes from trust in God. The times it is present in my waking and sleeping are the times I am able to stop depending on myself to get it all right all the time. Instead, when I let go of my tight grip on everything, and let God do what God does, I come closer to remembering that God’s face indeed shines on me.
Today, may you get enough done, and then let go of the rest. Trust that God loves you no matter how many things you cross off your to-do list.
Prayer: Lord, help me give up my tight grip on controlling everything. Help me know what it is to trust in you. Help me know myself as a beloved child of God no matter what. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].