“Many people say, ‘Who will show us better times?’ (But) “you have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep…” Psalm 4:6-8
Lord Jesus, in a world of discontent, and contingent joy, we want to affirm with the Psalmist that nothing has to change for us to have a core of peace and a heart of joy.
Our peace isn’t dependent upon pleasant circumstances, a storm-free life, or the illusion of control. You are our peace, Jesus (Eph. 2:14-22). You have given us eternal life, made your righteousness ours, reconciled us to our Father, defeated death, and have given us citizenship in heaven. Hallelujah!
Our joy isn’t hitched to the wagon of people adoring us, investments rewarding us, or governments protecting us. Your joy is our strength, Lord Jesus—the joy you have shared with our Father and the Spirit forever; the joy you pray that will fill us to fulness and overflowing (John 17:13). Thank you!
We lie down in peace and sleep because you don’t sleep—ever living to intercede and care for us (Ps. 121:3-4). Not a hair can fall from our heads, not a breath can be taken from our lungs, not a beat can be missed by our hearts apart from your sovereign purposes and pleasure. So very Amen we pray, in your beautiful and bounteous name.