Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 9th, 2021
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8 (NLT)
Dwell in Safety
According to a Nova Scotia website that gives advice to foreign students coming to study in that Maritime province: “Canada is considered one of the safest destinations in the world. Crime rates are low, police are trusted, easy to contact, and quick to respond. No matter where you travel some common-sense is an important part of personal safety and the security of your property. Don’t leave handbags or luggage unattended. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in a parked vehicle and keep your passport in a safe place.
We live in an unsafe world. Even in rural Canada, where I live, break and enters are on the increase. An acquaintance of mine was out for his evening walk in the park and was stabbed multiple times – thankfully he lived. While Canada is far safer than many countries on earth, we still hear daily of crimes committed against the innocent. Those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ are not protected from the physical harm that is a part of being human. But King David knew something important – those who love God do not live in fear. We are called to walk in faith. David had experienced his share of opposition and shame. King Saul had sought to take his life – so had his own son Absalom. In the midst of all he faced, David discovered something important, and he recorded it in Psalm 4:8: “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” In the midst of the worst the world can throw at us, Jesus promises and provides a peace that allows us to sleep well. Have you experienced His peace?
These have been words from the heart.