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December 7, 1993

Divine Nyquil

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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. PSALM 4:6-8
David was in trouble. We don’t exactly know what his problem was—maybe it was personal, maybe it was work-related, or maybe it was relational. We only know that the trouble had gotten so bad that other people in his life were asking, “Where’s the good?”
That was not, however, a question that David was asking—at least not at this point in his life. He could say, with total honesty, that God had filled his heart with greater joy than when “grain and new wine abound.” In other words, God had given him greater joy in the bad times than he had experienced when times were good.
If David’s words don’t convince you, his sleeping habits should. Instead of pacing the floor, tossing fitfully, or lying awake staring at the ceiling during his time of crisis, David slept like a baby. Why? Because he understood that in God, he dwelled in safety.
Scripture makes it clear that each day will carry its own dose of trouble (Matthew 6:34). But sandwiched between those trouble-filled days, we can sleep in peace, knowing that God is protecting us. It is possible to be surrounded by chaos, pressure, and trauma and still enjoy a good night’s rest.
How do you sleep at night? Do you spend your nighttime hours stewing over the previous day’s failures and worrying about the next day’s challenges? Break the pattern tonight. What’s done is done, and tomorrow’s troubles will come whether you worry about them or not. Sleep in peace.

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