Lent Devotional: Psalm 121

by Jonathan Haefs

Psalm 121 (click here)
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:3-4)


Sleep is an interesting thing. We all need it…and…whether we want to or not…we all must do it.

Why? Why did God create us this way? Why make us in such a way that our bodies require rest so frequently?

I may be wrong, but I think that part of the answer must be that sleep forces us into a position of recognizing that everything doesn’t depend on us. We sleep and the world spins on. We sleep and life keeps going.

We are not ultimate, and we are not ultimately in control.

Sleep puts us in a vulnerable position in which we must trust that things will be ok without us for a few hours. We must rest, trusting that things go on.

I think that sleep is designed, at least in part, to remind us that we are dependant creatures. We are sleepers who depend upon the one who needs no sleep. There is only one who never slumbers, one who is not dependant, one who is not vulnerable, one who IS ultimate! God…and it is he that keeps us!

The one who doesn’t slumber, keeps us so that we can.

Sleep is a daily reminder to trust the one who doesn’t sleep.

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