In 1961, Bobby Lewis recorded the song “Tossin’ and Turnin'” that went to #1 on the Billboard music charts. In the song, he described how sleepless he was because he couldn’t get a girl off of his mind.
You’ve probably had nights when sleep was hard to find because you were thinking… or feeling… too much. Maybe it was a financial thing… or a physical thing… or a an emotional/relational thing… or a spiritual thing… and you couldn’t turn your mind off.
David wrote Psalm 4 as he was about to lay down to sleep at night. But, his mind and heart were going a thousand different directions; he wanted to solve a problem he could solve, and sleep would not come. He did not want to lie in bed and worry, so he committed himself and his situation to God.
I. He Asked (v.1-3)
“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood? SELAH (pause and consider)
“But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.”
APP: Asking God to help is still a good way to deal with inner turmoil. See Philippians 4:6,7.
II. He Believed (v.4,5)
“Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. SELAH
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.”
APP: Instead of lying in bed and stewing over your problems, meditate on the Lord and offer Him sacrifices of praise.
III. He Received (v.6-8)
“There are many who say, ‘Who will show us any good?’ Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
APP: Nothing in David’s circumstances had changed… but David had changed. While still in darkness, David felt God. While still in sorrow, David found gladness. While still in outer turmoil, David found inner peace. God did not immediately change the situation, but He did change David. He can do the same for you!