Why I Can Sleep at Night

Today’s post is a part of our Psalm Saturdays series.

Psalm 3:1–8 (ESV)
1 O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah

There are many things we can worry about: bills, relationships, jobs, our futures, our kids, our health, and on and on the list can go. The writer of this psalm speaks about having enemies all around him. However, he also realizes that it is the Lord who sustains him. He could sleep at night and rise in the morning because God was with him and preserving him at every moment, even in the face of danger.

When we realize that we are in God’s hands at all times, it frees us to not worry. That does not mean the circumstances will all of the sudden be good. The circumstances will remain the same, but we will rest knowing that as long as God is sustaining us, nothing can harm us. We are under his sovereign care, so there is nothing to worry about.

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