8. I will lay me down, and will sleep together in peace; for thou, Lord, hast placed me alone
“Seul ou a part.” — Fr.
He concludes, by stating, that as he is protected by the power of God, he enjoys as much security and quiet as if he had been
defended by all the garrisons on earth. Now, we know, that to be free from all fear, and from the torment and vexation of
care, is a blessing to be desired above all other things. This verse, therefore, is a confirmation of the former sentence,
intimating that David justly prefers the joy produced by the
light of God’s fatherly love before all other objects for inward peace of mind certainly surpasses all the blessings of
which we can form any conception. Many commentators explain this place as expressing David’s hope, that his enemies will be
reconciled to him, so that he may sleep with them in peace, God having granted him the peculiar privilege of being able to
rest without being disturbed or disquieted by any man. But in my judgment the proper meaning is this, that he will live as
and securely alone, as in the midst of a great host of men, because God defends him for in the words, I will sleep together, I consider the particle as to be understood, as if the reading were as together, that is to say, as with a multitude. Some refer לבדד, lebadad, alone, to God, translating the words thus, Thou alone, O Lord, hast set me in safety; but this I do not at all approve, because, by taking away the contrast between these two words, together and alone, much of the beauty of the sentence is
lost. In short, David boasts that the protection of God alone was sufficient, and that under it he sleeps as securely, although
destitute of all human guardianship, as if he had had many to keep watch and ward continually over him, or as if he had been
defended on all sides by a great company. Let us therefore, learn from his example, to yield this honor to God — to believe,
that although there may appear no help for us from men, yet under his hand alone we are kept in
peace and safety, as if we were surrounded by a great host.