I don’t know how many times I’ve read Psalm 127. As it is the most famous biblical passage for cherishing children, I imagine I’ve heard roughly a bazillion sermons and references to it. Children are a heritage from god. Our legacy is his legacy, and so we are called to cherish the children. But it wasn’t the call to love that I found this morning in this passage. It is the call to sleep.
Psalm 127 A song of ascents. Of Solomon.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.
I’m willing to bet Friday mornings are for you (assuming you live in the Northern Hemisphere) are just as much of a struggle these days as they are for me. It is the time of year – schools are wrapping up, summer vacations are launching, the sun is up later in the day, and we are all just falling apart. My first alarm goes off at 5.30am, and if I am lucky, I’m asleep by 10.30pm. This makes me a fairly angry person when the alarm goes off and I have to get up AGAIN.
But God doesn’t call for us to toil. He calls for us to feel the love and protection which he provides. A classmate of mine recently made a “Jesus Take the Wheel” joke, about how some Christians have the tendency to throw up their hands and rely a little too much on the power of the Holy Ghost, instead of doing things that could help themselves. It was a funny joke, and I laughed – because I know the sorts of students he was talking about (I didn’t do my homework, because Jesus wanted me to watch Netflix all night – for the last three weeks – but I prayed and he said you’d give me an extension). But it got me thinking about how much comfort I have being a faithful Christian. Knowing that my God will watch over me, and give me the tools I need to succeed for his will.
For He grants sleep to those He loves. God grants us this comfort to turn over our worries and needs to him. To trust that what we can do in a day is enough, and that He will ensure we are taken care of. This weekend, don’t get up early to weed the garden, or stay up late to finish your kid’s science project – sleep. As God has granted us, take in the nourishment of his love, and sleep.