"Answer me when I call to you, o my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my
How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord will hear when I call to him.
In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.
Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?"
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord,
You have filled my heart with greater joy
than when their grain and new wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
Now you see in this bedtime story David is being chased by Absalom and lots of men wanting to kill him. I don't know about you but that wouldn't make my day much less my night soothing. But the more I read the more I realized that God was trying to tell me that if I wanted to be soothed that I was going to have to do some work and actually trust Him enough to let go of some things so that I could actually relax. You see in this passage David was being chased and he points out to the people by asking them "Just how long are you going to try to take my glory and turn it into shame?" His point was that no matter how hard they tried God's plan was going to prevail and their efforts eventually would be in vain and he believed this without a doubt. David had such confidence in God's power and God's plans for him that he rested easy at night no matter how many men were out there in the dark looking for him wanting to shred him to little pieces. His fears did not rule his life or take away his slumber at night. He wanted them to see that they could run after many things in life materially or by running after their false gods but all of this would be in vain in the end. David begins to point out his own joys and the many times God has been there in the past. He cries to God and ask for the same kinds of mercies once again.
I know God has many times given me a peaceful gentle sleep. I know there are many things I need to release into His hands today so that I can have that peace again. More importantly... Knowing the confidence in God's power and His plan for me is what I truly want to not just know but want to experience today.