15 Popular Psalms for sleep


If you’ve ever been around a newborn (baby or puppy), you know about sleep deprivation. It’s rough. Without warning, you’re jerked out of blissful rest as a bark or cry interrupts the night.

I have always been great at sleeping. As an expert napper, I know the energizing effects of a power nap. Falling asleep at night has never been a problem either, except for a few traumatic times in my life when my mind didn’t want to let go of the day’s struggles. Stress is not a friend to sleep.

It seems God wants us to get some rest. He even made a whole commandment about it. It’s important to slow things down every day and give ourselves a break.

Life can be hard. Work, bills, appointments, arguments, confusion, and everything in between fill our days. But for a while every night (or whenever), we get to step away, close our eyes, and rest.

It’s a sweet oasis in the midst of chaos.

There is a kind of sleep, though, that isn’t good. It doesn’t require a bed or pillow. You don’t even realize you’re doing it. You’re wide awake but not really living.

That kind of sleep is sad. It offers you an escape from the hard day and troubles of life, but it’s a fake kind of escape. The troubles are still there. They won’t be avoided for long. This “sleep” isn’t restful at all. Instead, it’s a numbing to life that leaves you empty and weak. Avoiding our problems won’t make them go away, and many times, it even makes them worse. And when you finally do “wake up,” you realize you’ve missed some of the best parts of life.

There’s one more kind of sleep that can be problematic. It’s also a kind of escaping, but this time instead of figuratively being asleep, you actually are asleep. This kind of sleep can be an indicator of depression which may need a doctor’s care. It might also be a lack of engagement or concern.

When I was in high school, I once fell asleep in trigonometry class. Not all out, snoring asleep, but enough that I missed some of class. It was right after lunch, and math isn’t my favorite. Still, despite my excuses, I realized sleeping through class did nothing to help me. As great and helpful as a good nap can be, dozing off to the lilt of angles and triangles is not the answer.

And neither is sleeping through the rough or boring parts of life.

God wants better for us. He has a plan and a purpose. To follow His plan, we will need our rest, but we will also need to make use of our waking hours.

As you prepare to sleep, take a few minutes and pray. Thank God for the blessing of rest and sleep. Also, bring to him your cares and struggles. Read over these Psalms and get a good night’s rest.

Psalms 4:8

“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”

Psalms 18:2

“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”

Psalms 37:3

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”

Psalms 91:4

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”

Psalms 16:11

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Psalms 139:14

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Psalms 9:10

“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

Psalm 19:14

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Psalms 27:14

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

Psalms 37:4

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

Psalms 37:23 – 37:24

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

Psalms 100:3

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

Psalms 23:3

“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

Psalms 16:11

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Psalms 51:10

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

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