Lying down. Lying is the position of rest and of peace. This position of prayer is symbolic of our rest and security in the Lord. In Psalms 4:8 David wrote, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” David discovered that even while surrounded by enemy troops he was able to find rest and peace in the Lord. Again in Psalms 3:3-6 he writes,
But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill.
5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me all around.
Along with being the position of rest, lying down is the position where it may be the easiest to meditate. In Psalms 63:6-7 David prays,
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
Last, I observe from Psalms 23:2, that lying down is the position of calm: “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.” We want to be restless—to wander around, to pace back and forth, and to worry. He calms us down. He puts His gentle hand on our shoulders and whispers to us to calm down and rest. He tells us that all will be well, that He will stand watch over us. He assures us that we can lie down and sleep without fear. He is our peace and our security.