Monday: June 8, 2020

Psalms 121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Coming right off the back of four night shifts, I can feel my body seeking for some proper sleep. We hear information time and time again about the importance of sleep in cognitive, physical and mental well being. In fact, sleep is presented as a necessity, with many suggestions on how many hours are needed each night for optimum function.

Out of curiosity, I did a bit of searching regarding the longest amount of time a human has gone without sleep. Multiple studies which have been carried out has the maximum at 18 days 21 hours and 40 minutes, and that is a very long time to go without sleep. Clearly, that is not a record many of us will be interested in breaking. However, the ‘strange’ words of the Psalmist that provoked this search today are these: ‘Not on your life, the protector of Israel doesn’t doze or ever get drowsy. What a relief! He never leaves for rest or sleep.

Even CCTVs, intended to be constantly watching, do breakdown; but God does not. Thus, from the very beginning of time, the creator has not once taken His eyes off His creation, and that ought to draw our attention to the sheer magnificence of this God. His gaze never leaves us and this is again to remind that we can truly take rest without worries because ‘He keeps watch, while we rest’, a task that has been perpetual.


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