THE CURE FOR INSOMNIA
I choose to trust You today.
Read Psalm 4
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
1 Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
4 Tremble and do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord.
6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
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Reflect“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7).
Fears have a way of growing, distorting and threatening to control us during the nighttime. In daylight hours we are more rational and can often retain some kind of perspective. We can surround ourselves with noise and distraction and seek out company and comfort. But in the dark, in the silence, monsters lurk and they can be hard to subdue. “Answer me when I call to you, God,” we mutter as we toss and turn. “Give me relief from my distress” (1).
Psalm 4 offers some wonderful advice for those of us who find our sleep disrupted by anxiety.
First, sleepless nights are not the time to question basic assumptions about God, such as whether he hears us when we pray. Assume he does (3). Secondly, we should use the wakeful hours as an opportunity for quiet reflection. Let’s not allow our thoughts to run off in unhelpful, even sinful directions, but instead “search [our] hearts” (4). Thirdly, we’d do well to renew our trust in God. Sleep is an act of surrender. We are as vulnerable as babies in our slumber, but that is okay, because in the most profound sense, God gives us safety (8). He watches over us, his Holy Spirit is within us, his angels guard us, and his peace passes all understanding.
Pray verse 8 over yourself when you go to sleep tonight. If you are tempted to worry or fear during the night, start to praise God instead.
Lord, I am sorry that I have allowed my fears to grow larger than my faith. Let the light of Your face shine on me.