“Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (124:8)
I love it when the LORD’s resume is tagged the end of a sentence. “This guy will help you! You know, the One who created everything out of nothing, perfectly beautiful and complex down to an atomic level. Cycles, seasons, reproduction, seeds dying and bursting forth into new life. YEAH THAT GUY.”
In fact, if He doesn’t help, it won’t happen.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives to His beloved sleep.” (127:1-2)
Servants of a tyrannical master are ridden with anxiety. Sometimes we are our own tyrannical masters, heaping unrealistic, less-than-important, expectations on ourselves. Familiar we are with “anxious toil”. What does this communicate about our relationship with God?
Anything of real significance must be built by Our Creater, Beloved Lord. Somehow understanding this fact helps us sleep at night. You do what you can, in peace, by His strength, and He determines the fruit. A gardener sows, tends and waters, but God makes everything grow.
His image is upon us to create with Him; making art and homes, but leave the heavy lifting to Him. He loves you.
The NIV puts it this way: “He grants sleep to those He loves”. The NASB (more literal translation from Hebrew) says, “He gives to His beloved even in his sleep”.
Together this paints a full picture. He is working, even when we are sleeping. So take Him up on this! Relax! Look to Him to accomplish the big things. Don’t wade into His responsibility waters. He (who made heaven and earth) is here to help.
Lord, lead me to rest, knowing when to act and when to sleep. Thank you for loving me in this beautiful way.