As a child, I was always amazed how my grandfathers could fall asleep with ease on the couch at family functions. When awoken, they would sarcastically say something to the effect of “I was just looking for holes in my eyelids.” I wished I could have flipped a switch and turned my sleep on and off as they seemed to be capable of. As I’ve gotten older, falling asleep has become easier, but I am nowhere near their expertise. To fall asleep and be comfortable, I need pillows. I need pillows for my head and both arms. Usually, my wife ends up losing her pillow during the night. For me to be content and relaxed to fall asleep, I need the aide of pillows.
In Psalm 3, David wrote, “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me” (Psalm 3:5 NASB). This statement alone is not unusual until you read the verse in its total context. King David recorded this psalm during a very dark period in his life. His son Absalom conspired against him for the throne and “stole away the hearts of the men of Israel” (2 Samuel 15:6). David and his followers were forced to flee (15:13-17) and mourned as they escaped for their lives (15:30). In his distress, David expressed how he felt because his “adversaries have increased” (Psalm 3:1) and “have set themselves against me round about” (3:6). Even when it seemed to the people as if God had left him (3:2), surprisingly David was confident and comfortable. He was able to lay his head down at night and sleep. He trusted God to be a shield of protection for him (3:3).
How well do we sleep at night? No matter what trials we are going through in life, I pray that we can have the same content faith as David. What a blessing to know that our God “will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4) and that we can “cast our anxiety on Him” (1 Peter 5:7). I’d like to know what brand of pillow David used!