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.
Psalm 4:6-8 (NKJV)
Do you worry about anything and everything? Do you expect bad things to happen to you? Do you listen to the doubters, skeptics and unbelievers more than you listen to God? If you answered yes to any one of these questions you need to stop, rewind your brain all the way back to the time that you knelt in prayer, confessed your sins and received Christ into your heart; because at that moment in time you knew that God had forgiven you and that He would bless and keep you.
The skeptics and unbelievers are the really loudmouths bellowing out their accusations. How often have you heard them blame God for the bad things that are happening. How can they blame a God that they don’t believe in? Just asking! The people asked, “Who shall do us good?” Perhaps they had walked so far from God’s presence that they no longer believed that He cared.
David answered their questioning, over and over again. He said God had put gladness into his heart. There is no joy like the joy of the Lord. There is nothing like it when one is overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit. There is no laughter like it when God makes one laugh in the Spirit. When the laughter that is caused by the silliness of man is gone, everything thing remains the same but when God brings laughter to the heart one’s outlook is changed for the better.
Because God changes us on the inside we can feel better on the outside. David said that he could lie down in peace and sleep. Do you do that? Or, do you toss and turn all night, worrying about what the day may bring? Did you know that doing so is not the will of God. Jesus said, “Peace, I give you.” How could David do so when King Saul was always hot on his trail? He answered that with the words, “For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” That is also the secret for you—the Lord. He is for you and with you. Remember that and your life will change—for the better. Amen and amen.