I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. Psalm 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Peace is one of those things that we are absolutely supposed to have in our lives. It is something that Jesus promised He would give us (John 14:27), it is something that the Holy Spirit produces in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23) and it is also something that so often lacking in our lives. God can and will give us peace during the trials we go through in this life.
I love what David says at the first of verse 5. His enemies are of his own household. Soon his mighty men will be fighting against the army of Israel. He’s had to flee the city to keep from dying. His world has just unraveled and David lies down and goes to sleep. David’s confidence in God gave him the peace necessary to sleep despite the trial that he was currently involved in.
He awoke because the Lord had sustained him. In my mind what David is saying is that his enemies didn’t kill him in his sleep because God had taken care of him. God was his source of peace. God is what he trusted in. David had mighty warriors with him. These were men who were faithful and willing to die for David. Back in the day David had been a pretty mighty warrior in his own right. At this point in David’s life he wasn’t trusting in his warriors. He wasn’t trusting in his own strength or cleverness. He was trusting in God and that gave him peace during the trial and allowed him to lie down and go to sleep. This peace led him to say that he wouldn’t be afraid no matter how many enemies he had.
Jesus has promised to give us peace. This peace isn’t dependant on circumstances. This peace is greater than our circumstances. There is nothing spectacular about having peace when everything is right in our world. Anyone can have peace when everything is right in their world. There is however something amazing about being able to have peace when your world has crumbled down around you. There is something spectacular about setting in a Roman prison waiting to find out if they are going to execute you and saying, “Eh, it doesn’t really matter one way or another. To live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).
This sort of peace isn’t just for spiritual super-heroes. This is a peace that each and everyone Christian can and should have. It was promised to us by Jesus.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV) Since Jesus is our source of peace we should be able to have peace no matter what trials come into our lives.
The peace that Jesus gives us isn’t a peace that keeps us out of trials and hardships and conflicts. Instead it is a peace that we can have in the midst of trials, hardships and conflicts. When we have this peace it demonstrates to the world the greatness of the Savior we are trusting in.
For further study read Philippians 4:6-7.
What are we not to do?
How are we to keep from doing this?
What is the result?
Does this passage promise peace that keeps us from hardships or peace through hardships?