For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Some think self-confidence is great, but confidence in the LORD is greater. For what will you do when self is tired, weak, discouraged, dying, or facing impossible adversity? Some think self-defense is good, but the LORD’s defense is much better. The bravest and securest men in human history were those who put their trust in the LORD.
The context declared the LORD’s use of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, and the benefits men obtain by having them as well (Pr 3:19-22). Solomon then taught the security and peace that these blessings bring to those retaining them (Pr 3:23-25). In spite of what is happening in the world, those who put their trust in the LORD will be safe and saved. In fact, they can sweetly sleep when others are panicking and in trouble (Ps 4:8).
Walking in the fear of the LORD with wisdom, understanding, and knowledge gives a man total confidence and safety (Pr 14:26). He fears nothing! “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident” (Ps 27:1-3).
David thought the men of Israel should have lined up for a chance to fight Goliath (I Sam 17:29). Three Hebrew men had no regard for the fury or threats of Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 3:16-18). Peter and John boldly testified against the same Jews who crucified their Lord (Acts 4:13). And Paul stood alone to give answer before Emperor Nero (II Tim 4:16-18).
The horse is prepared and trained for battle, but safety is of the LORD (Pr 21:31). A wise man makes only a reasonable effort, for he knows that success is from the LORD (Ps 127:1). He does not fret or overextend himself, and he goes to bed on time (Ps 127:2). He puts his trust in the name of the LORD, his strong tower (Pr 18:10).
But what about the unseen pestilence or disease frightening others? “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked” (Ps 91:5-8).
But what about economic disaster? “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Hab 3:17-18).
No matter what difficulty or threat is facing you, be confident the LORD will deliver and save you. Do not faint, but rather believe! Go forward in faith! Do what you need to do, then go to bed! “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD” (Ps 27:13-14).
Christian, your blessed Lord slept during a terrible storm (Mark 4:37-38). He could enjoy supper and serving others just hours before his betrayal and crucifixion (John 13:1-5). This same Jesus promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb 13:5). What is the result? “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb 13:6). Saints go to sleep by saying, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety” (Ps 4:8). Amen.