Cheryl is a lisenced ordained minister and has a BA in Psychology and church ministry.
Psalms 8 was written by King David and is the inspiration behind two hymns, How Great thou art, and For the Beauty of the earth. This Psa, begins with a plea to the Lord to hear when called upon.
1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. 3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness and put your trust in the Lord.
This Psalm is used in Anglican, Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish liturgies. Many people have said that praying verse 8 before going to bed has kept them from nightgmares, night terrors, and sleep paralysis as well as giving them a peaceful, safe sleep.
6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. 7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
Proverbs chapter 3 begins by telling the reader the steps to gaining God's favor.
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Verses 5 through 8 indicate that trusting in the Lord, and allowing Him to direct your path will bring good health,
9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Verses 9 and 10 have been used to promise prosperity and many churches have implemented the giving of first fruits as an additional method of income. In context Solomon is speaking during the Old Testament era and to the Jews of his day.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
His w.ord can be all we need
Long life and sweet sleep
The rest of the scripture brings so much comfort to the reader that there is no doubt that by the time they get to verse 24 they will be resting in the Lord and indeed, walking in safety and have a night of sweet sleep.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Just like Psalms 8, there are people who say that Proverbs 3:8 helps them to obtain a restful night of sleep.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2020:
These are lovely thoughts to have as one drifts off into sleep.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 23, 2020:
This is a beautiful article, Cheryl. I really like many of the book of Psalm and 8 is a great choice for bedtime. I say the 23rd each night when I am in bed. Many years ago I was living in a very tough and frightenting time and I can't even begin to guess how many times I read the 91st Psalm. I guess my point is I love the book of Psalm.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 22, 2020:
Thank you so much for r3eading.
Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on September 22, 2020:
I've always loved the Book of Psalm; it contains so many quick prayers you can shoot up to God.
Thanks for this great reminder.