Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 8th, 2016
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8 (NLT)
Made to Dwell in Safety
Learning to rest in the Lord begins with trusting Him with everything that has come our way and believing that He will keep us in His care. Take a moment and recount your day to the Lord. Thank Him for the blessings. Bring your requests and ask Him to work for your joy and the joy of others.
Each year the magazine The Economist ranks the world’s 50 safest cities. The rankings are based on the quality of the city’s digital security life, life expectancy, the standard of healthcare available, the quality of infrastructure and the personal safety of the people living in or visiting that city. In 2015, two Canadian cities made the list. According to The Economist, the 14th safest city in the world is Montreal, which is also regularly on lists of the world’s most livable cities. Last year it was ranked 8th on the list of the world’s best cities for university students. Toronto is ranked as the 8th safest cities in the world and the safest in the Americas in 2015. It ranks particularly high for personal safety, infrastructure safety and digital security, and like Montreal is regularly on lists of the most livable cities in the world.
For four decades now the nation of South Sudan has been wracked by civil war. First against the north when it was just the nation of Sudan and since separation from Sudan, internal civil war. While the situation there is worse than just about anywhere else on the planet, it isn’t unique in that fear that its citizens feel because of lack of being safe. There are many places on the planet where life has little value and safety is not guaranteed. The Bible speaks about the safety the Lord provides. Psalm 4:8 says “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” King David knew the fear that comes when being pursued. Even before he became king, his predecessor King Saul, wracked with paranoia, sought David’s life. Time after time the Lord protected David. He did the same when David’s own sons, particularly Absalom, sought to be King. But David knew that he was in the Lord’s hands. God had a plan for David’s life and no human being was going to thwart that. In complete confidence in his God, David slept well, knowing that God was with him and His plan was being worked out. The Lord God is with you as well. If you have given Him control of your life by receiving Christ as Saviour, you can count on God’s protection and sovereign plan.
These have been words from the heart.