God’s Word on Sleep

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

“I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.” (Psalm 3:5)

“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”(Psalm 127:2)

“My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. (Proverbs 3:21–26 [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)] )

C.H.Spurgeon had this to say on the subject……….

“OURS is not a life of anxious care, but of happy faith. Our heavenly Father will supply the wants of his own children, and he knows what we have need of before we ask him. We may therefore go to our beds at the proper hour, and not wear ourselves out by sitting up late to plot, and plan, and contrive. If we have learned to rely upon our God we shall not lie awake with fear gnawing at our hearts; but we shall leave our care with the Lord, our meditation of him shall be sweet, and he will give us sleep.

To be the Lord’s beloved is the highest possible honour, and he who has it may feel that ambition itself could desire no more, and therefore every selfish wish may go to sleep. What more is there even in heaven than the love of God? Rest, then, O soul, for you have all things!

Yet we toss to and fro unless the Lord himself gives us not only the reasons for rest, but rest itself. Jesus himself is our peace, our rest, our all. On his bosom we sleep in perfect security, both in life and in death. “Sprinkled afresh with pardoning blood, I lay me down to rest, As in the embraces of my God, Or on my Saviour’s breast.”

C. H. Spurgeon, The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith:

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