Ps.3:5 – I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me.
There is nothing fun about sleepless nights. Sometimes sleeplessness comes from stress, not sure of what tomorrow holds for you. Today’s verse is a tremendous promise, a promise that you too can sleep well tonight. David’s life was full of stress; lions, giants, backslidden king, betrayal by friends and sons, yet David said he was going to lay down and sleep. What was David’s secret? It lies in the word ‘sustains’ David could rest because he was literally resting in the Lord. The Lord was sustaining him. Here is how Dick Mills describes this promise.
“The big word here is sustained. It is a word that speaks volumes. The Hebrew word is SAMAK. It has a wide range of meanings like, to lean upon, to prop up, to bear up, to uphold. God sustains and upholds His people. The verb translated ‘sustained’ means to provide security and safety, to protect, support and uphold. When he wakes up the next morning, he discovers that nothing has bothered or threatened him during the night.”
Here are some ways Bible translators translate this verse.
God’s Word Translation
I lie down and sleep. I wake up again because the LORD continues to support me.
I stretch myself out. I sleep. Then I’m up again—rested, tall and steady,
New Living Translation
I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.
The Bible in Basic English
I took my rest in sleep, and then again I was awake; for the Lord was my support.
I lay down and slept; I woke again, because the Lord will support me.
I love the different flavors found in Bible translations. From God’s Word Translation I am reminded that the Lord is my support. The Message Bible reminds me that I can find my rest in the Lord. The NLT reminds me that I literally have a Watchman watching over me when I sleep, what an incredible benefit.
What is keeping you up at night? I have a feeling if you will reach out to the God of David, the One Who never slumbers, you too will find sweet rest. Ps.121:3 – “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.”
I have a word from the Lord for you