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Psalm 4:8: In Peace I Will Both Lie Down and Sleep


Psalm 4:8
[8] In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (ESV)

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?” 
- Ernest Hemingway

"Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." 
- Thomas Dekker

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone." 
- Anthony Burgess

Sleep can be a very elusive thing. The older I get the harder it is for me to sleep all the way through the night without interruption. Pharmaceutical companies make a fortune selling pills that will help you to sleep. Other companies claim to have more natural sleep remedies, such as Melatonin, which is supposedly a natural sleep product.


King David had a great help in sleeping. He looked to the Lord to help him. He describes the Lord as the one who helps him dwell in safety. As a result he can both lie down, and sleep! Many of us lie down with no easy guarantee of sleep. David looks to the Lord for his guarantee. We see this often in David's life where he looks to the Lord for absolutely everything.

Do you sleep? I know that there are medical conditions that make it difficult to sleep. Perhaps you are overwhelmed by an upcoming decision. Maybe there is a lot of stress in your life. Look to the Lord to give you the peace you need so that you can have restful sleep. When you do wake up in the middle of the night talk to Him. He is your source of joy, of help, of hope, . . . of sleep!

When you go to bed this evening consider what you need to give to the Lord so that you can sleep. Trust him. He will give you peace. Rest well.

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