Our text is from Psalms 4:8. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Regardless of who you are or of what status you may hold, the one thing that is common between every man, woman, and child is the fact that we are all sinners. We have been born with a sin nature. We know how to do wrong.
Another thing that is common with us as sinners and that is the fact that we reap what we sow. We all have to pay the consequences for our sins and sin does have consequences. Even if you sin and no one sees you, God sees and sooner or later there will be consequences. It may take years for it to come around but it will come around. You may be thinking about all of the unsolved murders. One day God will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and there will be no unsolved crimes. None!
There will be a reckoning sooner or later. In Revelation 20 the Bible says, And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. So, it seems that everything we have done, said, heard, or thought is written down in a book and one day it will be read out loud where everyone can see and here. Our sins will be exposed. Knowing this, how do you suppose that the Psalmist could lie down in peace at the end of the day?
That’s easy. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ paid for our sins and if we ask him to save us from our sins, he promised that he would wash our sins away with his own blood. 1st Peter 2:20 says, Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14. Jesus died for our sins and he was buried and he rose again the third day. That is the good news.
At the end of the day you will lay your head down on the pillow before you go to sleep and you will either have peace with God knowing that he is your protector and redeemer and will take you to Heaven when you die, or you will have a conscience that will prick your heart because you won’t have peace with God. He has not been your redeemer because you have never asked him to save you from your sins. He won’t save you if you don’t ask him to.
At the end of the day, when you lay your head down on the pillow, should you die in your sleep, where will you be then?
May God help you to have peace with him before the end of the day.