Monday 2nd November 2020
Sleeping in Peace and Safety
Pastor Soong Kok Kee
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Bible students have widely recognised that Psalm 4 is closely connected with Psalm 3 after David had fled from his palace and was sought by enemies led by no other than his own son Absalom (2 Sam. 15-18)! In such an environment and circumstance, David could say “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” True joy and peace depend not on environment or circumstances but on God’s protection and provisions.
I just heard the news that our Health director-general wakes up in the middle of the night, worrying about how to ease the rise of Covid 19 cases. Not only him, he said many of our front liners comprising doctors, nurses and volunteers have worked without sleep and rest the past 9 months and have had to take sleeping pills in order to sleep. All of them truly deserve a salute of gratitude from all of us.
Yes, anxiety and worry keep all of us awake. Newspaper headlines like “Food outlets struggling to stay afloat in pandemic”, “Eateries crying out for help”, “Packed kopitiam now empty”, “Hawkers in Ipoh hope they won’t have to close shop”, “Eateries along once-busy Little India hard hit,” portray only a small part of the current situation of the food business. Many other businesses have closed down and thousands have lost their jobs because of that. Rentals or instalments of shops and houses have to be paid, as well as children’s school fees, utilities and endless other commitments – how not to worry? Who is not worried?
During World War II, an elderly woman in England endured the nerve- shattering bombings with amazing calm and serenity. When asked the secret of her calmness amid the terror and danger, she said “Well, every night I say my prayers before I sleep. And I know God is always watching over me, so I go peacefully to sleep. After all, there is no need for both of us to stay awake!” Such faith and trust from this dear old lady!
Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, lay all our anxieties, worries and problems at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ and once we have laid them all at His feet, let us not carry them anymore – our health, our children or love ones living or studying overseas, our job, our career, our livelihood, our mounting bills – lay them all at His feet – knowing for sure He will take care of them in His own way, in His own time.
A lorry driver once saw an old lady carrying two baskets filled with vegetables at both ends of a staff on her shoulders. Out of kindness and compassion, he offered her a ride. After a while he saw from his rear mirror that she was still standing and carrying those two baskets! Let us not be like this poor old lady, still carrying her own baskets at the back of the lorry!!
If David can sleep in peace and safety in the midst of his enemies, so can we in the midst of this pandemic. Our Lord will see us through this pandemic somehow – in His own way, in His own time. Every night before we sleep, let us pray and then go to sleep in peace and safety – sweet dreams!
Dear Lord, we have never seen something like this happen in our lifetime. Help us not to be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to you. And we know Lord that your peace which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. ( Phil 4:6-7 ) In your precious name we pray, AMEN.
是的，焦虑和担忧让我们所有人都睡不着觉。报纸头条，如 “饮食店在大流行感中挣扎生存”、”餐馆呼救”、”爆满的咖啡厅如今空无一人”、”怡保的小贩们希望他们不必关闭”、”曾经繁忙的小印度之餐馆受到严重打击”，只描绘了一小部分食品行业的目前状况。许多其他企业已经倒闭了，数千人因此失去了工作。需要支付商店和房屋的租金或分期付款，以及孩子的学费、水电费和无休止的其他的承付——叫人如何能不担心呢？ 谁会不担心呢？
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