In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. ~Psalm 4:8
Even though David was a man after God’s heart, his heart still knew the anguish of betrayal by his own son. His soul longed for peace. Our souls long for peace. Psalm 4 describes a safety in being so silently present before God that our souls are revived and our hearts are again aligned with God’s heart.
Advent invites us to experience a silent night long ago when our Savior was born and laid down in unhurried heavenly peace. Dallas Willard taught that Jesus was busy as he ministered to others but never hurried. In these busy days before Christmas, take an unhurried moment and consider again the familiar words of the first stanza of the famous hymn, Silent Night by Franz Gruber:
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child,
Holy Infant, so tender and mild-
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Then as you and I sing these words, may our souls be revived by the possibility of a heavenly peace and may our unhurried hearts cry out: “O come Lord Jesus come.”
I remember well that Christmas eve many years ago that we were right by the church where Franz Gruber first performed this song…
And now we have a new year to carry that peace forward. Thank you!!