Psalm 3: The God Who Sustains Me

Psalm 3:5
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

Every night I lie down and sleep. Every morning, so far, I’ve awakened and risen. I’ve done this every day of the more than 18,000 days I’ve been alive. Why have I been able to do this daily without giving it much of a thought for nearly 50 years? David says it’s because the Lord sustains me. I stop my work and become unconscious. I become incredibly vulnerable when I sleep. Couldn’t the evil one just snuff me out in one of those unguarded moments?

The setting of Psalm 3 is David’s being pursued by his own son, Absalom. He is in real danger while he sleeps. He is able to lie down and sleep restfully, knowing that he is protected by the Lord.

The Lord sustains me every night as I rest. I awake at the invitation of God’s Spirit. He is sustaining me. What does it mean that He sustains me? (How might the dictionary help me here?)

  • to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure. The Lord bears the weight of my life. He gives me an easy yoke because He carries the heavy end with me.
  • to undergo, experience, or suffer (injury, loss, etc.); endure without giving way or yielding. Might I say that the Lord Jesus sustains me by bearing the burden of my failures, my shortcomings, my offenses upon Himself on the cross?
  • to keep (a person, the mind, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial or affliction. In all that I carry, I need not give up or become hopeless because the Lord keeps me.
  • to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life. The Lord gives me everything I need from His great store of riches in Christ.
  • to provide for (an institution or the like) by furnishing means or funds. Our family is financially supported by God’s generosity through partners, opportunities and other financial boons.

Lord, thank You for sustaining me this last evening. Thank You for sustaining me this morning. Amen!


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