If one were to walk into the Hagood home at approximately 9:45P, they would walk into a repeating and familiar Hagood conversation. Many a night, my wife has said to me, “you just lay down and sleep!” She speaks it as if this is a bad thing, as if I had done something dastardly to her. In the deep recesses of my mind I’m thinking, “Go to sleep woman!” What I actually say is, “Aww baby, you can’t sleep??!” Ha! Don’t tell her what I’ve been thinking all these years. You will blow my cover. Anyway, the real issue is, she can’t just lay down and sleep. It just doesn’t work that way for her. At least not in such simple terms. My wife, she has to make sure that everything is done. She then has to sit up and watch television with her legs crossed. She also works on her continual and multiple research projects. She often finds herself up until early morning hours while her husband simply, lays down, and sleeps.
Psalms 3 finds David surrounded. If you don’t know the Psalm, this would be a great time to stop and read it. Go ahead, I’ll wait (picture me whistling and waiting). OK, you’re back. Alright, so in Psalm 3, he has been driven from the palace. He is in a situation that would steal the hearts of men. His enemies (led by his own son), taunt him with shouts that his God would not deliver him! David’s reaction to the taunting, to the dire circumstances, and to the hopeless odds, well, sleep. David, lays down and sleeps. It’s an amazing movie screen warranting scene and David, the great Hebrew hero responds to his overwhelming circumstance, well, with sleep. The obvious quandary is how, how was he able to just lay down and sleep? Here it comes, you ready, David knew God’s character. He trusted God. Adam LiVecchi stated, “Faith all grown up is trust.” That’s it! David slept because he was aware of God’s protection, because he knew God’s power and because he trusted God.
David experienced the character of God through His certain protection. This is why he refers to God as a “shield.” David uses this descriptor of God again and again. The Lord is my shield! The character of God as a protector not only meant imminent safety from his enemies. It also meant restoration of his dignity. Remember he’s, basically, well, in this moment, a dethroned king/deadbeat dad/wimp wannabe warrior/has been. David’s view of God’s character allowed him to maintain his composure in the midst of a very current chaotic mess. In this moment David says, “God is the lifter of my head” David trusts! God not only kept the enemies out as he lay asleep, God was actively restoring the dignity of his sleeping servant.
Ultimately, David was intimately aware of God’s power. Though his enemies were powerful, God is omnipotent, his enemies were outmatched. Though he was surrounded, God is omnipresent, his enemies were outflanked. Though his enemies were confident, God is omniscient, his enemies were outwitted. David knew the power of God. So, in the midst of what appears like unenviable odds he states, “For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.” He speaks it with the security of one possessing a squad that includes Mike Tyson, Bruce Lee, Thor and Big Mama (hey, nobody can whoop grandma). He speaks with the confidence of one who has seen this in the past. He speaks as one who knows the boundless power of God! Well, cause he has. So David, lays down and sleeps.
Here’s what Psalms 3 reveals to us. 1) One can seemingly have it all (rich, smart, famous and powerful) and still have intense troubles. 2) One can be the most loving of parents, and still can have the worse family situations. 3) One can be popular and powerful and still have troubles that steal their joy. 4) One can repent, be gravely sorry, and yet still have to go through the discipline of the Father. And 5), Even in all of this, God will strike all of your enemies on the cheek; and He will break the teeth of the wicked. We can all lay down and sleep.
I wish I could say I lay down and sleep at night because I’m more spiritual than my wife. Ha! That would be a lie, for she is definitely our spiritual rock. Yet, the Hagood home’s perpetual bedtime conversation does depict a picture of trusting God regardless of odds and human paradigms. It’s an image of the message in Psalms 3. Beloved, we have less to do than we think. We have nothing to stay awake and keep guard of. We have no last minute arrangements to make. Very little of anything is based on our power. We simply can lay down and sleep, because we know the protection and the power of God. Again, “Faith all grown up is trust.” This is why, even when surrounded, in the midst of what appeared like a white flag moment to David’s enemies, God turned the tables. David did wave the white flag. He just didn’t wave it towards his enemies, he waved it towards God. In surrender, sweet surrender, David gained victory. So yes, we need to wave our white flags. We need to throw our hands up. Because, “you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head” Trust God my friends, lay down, and sleep. And oh yeah, be a bridge!
3 Things You Already Know About Trust But Need To Hear Again
Even with God, TRUST is a two way street
- Do what God says (He’s reliable).
- Participate in His integrity
- Be okay with His results
- Be honest with God (He’s already honest with you).
- Do the work it takes to avoid lying to yourself.
- Make honest assessments of your “why” and your “how.”
- Be open with God (He already knows anyway).
- If you are scared, jealous, envious, selfish, or whatever, say so
- Take the time to confess every detail
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