Psalm 3:5, 4:8, 127:2, 121:2
I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.
Psalm 121:3, 4
He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
In this short sampling of verses, we see that the psalmist sleeps. Yes, he is filled with fears, anxieties, cares, and concerns, but he realizes something essential. He sees that there is a God who is in control, and a God who cares, loves, and protects. For these reasons, the psalmist is able to rest in God. He lays down his head in faith. To put it another way, sometimes what we need to do is rest, knowing that God has worked for us. We need to remind ourselves that God is bigger than our problems and that he cares more than we can ever imagine. We need to bear in mind that it is not about us in the end, but about what God has done for us in Christ. Sometimes we just need to sleep in faith. May God grant us his rest.
Tags: christianity, Commentary, Psalm, Rest, sleep, Theology