Is the ‘Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep’ Prayer Biblical?
Though this rhyme may have had a questionable origin, it actually imparts some Biblical truths. It's easy to treat this as just a quick poem to recite. But a closer look at the words reveals a heart that looks to God in trust and devotion.
One such heart in Scripture belonged to King David. He rejoiced in God's goodness, both in his own life and that of the Israelite nation. David had experienced God's watchful care countless times as a boy in the fields and as a King in battle. So, many of his Psalms naturally offer reassurance and encouragement that God is more than worthy of our trust.
In fact, Psalm 4 shares the same sentiment as Addison's and Fleet's passages, and probably inspired them, either directly or indirectly:
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8
With a firm reliance on his Lord, David could let down and rest comfortably. We can as well, if we follow David's lead. His writings say we can trust that:
God loves us.
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. – Psalm 86:15
God wants to take care of us.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life… – Psalm 23:6
God doesn't forget us.
...he remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations... – Psalm 105:8
God hears our prayers.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. – Psalm 40:1
God will protect us.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. – Psalm 32:7
God is faithful.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. – Psalm 9:10
God's ways are perfect.
I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart. – Psalm 40:8
God has a good plan for us.
Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. – Psalm 40:5
Meditating on verses like these will help us grow into believers who, like David, can delight in knowing that we are safe in God's care...not just overnight, but always.
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