"I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety." - Ps. iv. 8.
My soul! it is blessed, indeed, to lie down, or arise, when Jesus is
thy rest and refreshment! But, void of security and safety in him, both
the day-light and the darkness have their horrors. And how unsatisfying
is everything where Jesus is not? This is strikingly exemplified, day
by day, among all carnal characters. "There be many," saith the
Psalmist (in this divine psalm), "there be many that say, who will shew
us any good?" Yea, the whole world, who know not the blessedness of
Jesus, will thus say! What a busy life some men make of it? And what is
it for? Be their pursuits what they may; let them be ever so much
diversified, one object is the aim of all. The apostle hath said what
it is;" to make provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof,"
Rom. xiii. 14. My soul! what is the first and last, the greatest and
most momentous desire of thine affections? Canst thou, and dost thou,
adopt the words of the Psalmist, in this sweet psalm: "Lord! lift thou
up the light of thy countenance upon me: and it shall put more gladness
in my heart than in the time that corn and wine increase?" Oh! the
blessedness of such a state! May it be mine! Dearest Lord Jesus! grant
it me, day by day; and in the evening and night watches, let thy sweet
visits be unceasingly renewing: and then will I take this precious
portion for my song, both when undressing for the bed of sleep, and the
bed of death: "I will lay me down in peace, and sleep; for thou, Lord,
only makest me dwell in safety!"