How to Fall Asleep

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 4:1-8

David’s assurance that he will get a good night’s sleep is stated at the end of the Psalm. Let’s notice the steps which lead up to this relaxed attitude.

First, he prays (v. 1). It is wonderful to be able to pray at any time, but it is good to have set times of prayer. One time is to pray before we go to bed. By doing so we lay our concerns in God’s hands.

Secondly, David also recognized the wisdom of not holding grudges (v. 4). Later in the Bible Paul states that we should not let the sun go down on our wrath. Angry thoughts can certainly hinder going to sleep.

In the third place, David puts his trust in God (v. 5a). When we know that God Almighty is concerned with our problems, we can be less concerned. We can lay them aside and go to sleep.

Finally, note that David has a positive attitude (vv. 6-7). He mentions people who look on the dark side. But since David takes his concerns to God in prayer and thus expresses his trust in God, he rightfully expects good things to happen to him. With that optimistic attitude, he can relax and fall asleep.

Insomnia is a real problem for many. David has practical suggestions more valuable than sleeping pills. Because he lives this way, he can conclude by saying, “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (v. 8).

PRAYER

Father, may our trust in You help us to relax and sleep well. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.