For years, I read Psalms 127:2 as,
“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep”
But the original Hebrew, in which the Old Testament was written, did not have commas and fullstops; and this may have posed a challenge to the English translators.
Now, watch what would happen if you’d place a comma in the second part of that verse…
“…for so He giveth, His beloved sleep”
The Lord is doing the giving, while His beloved ones are doing the sleeping!
Pretty cool, right?
The truth is that until you receive a revelation of the love that God has for you, you’d never be able to sleep and rest in His Love.
You can only rest and sleep when you secure yourself in the fact that your Heavenly Father loves you deeply!
Just take a look at what John the Beloved called himself. Do you know that Jesus didn’t bestow John with special preferential treatments? The truth is that Christ loved all His disciples the same – even Judas Iscariot.
But what distinguished John from the other disciples?
Well, John simply secured himself with the revelation that the Mighty God in human form could actually love him. He meditated on this, and magnified the love that Jesus had for him in His heart.
The truth is that until you receive the revelation that you are God’s beloved, you cannot rest and sleep and allow Him to give His benefits to you.
Instead, you’d always want to do things to earn/merit God’s blessings, favour and all. You’d wake up early and sleep late, all in a bid to merit God’s blessings by your works!
But there’s a better way!
Receive a revelation that YOU are the Lord’s beloved. And then you can rest and sleep, as your Heavenly Father does ALL the giving, while you do the receiving!!!