Rest

We are under constant pressure of external forces working to get us to give up on God, to walk away from faithfulness. You will have to fight back. Don't let this world get the best of you. This week we are journeying through a few verses in Psalm 37 which remind us to continue to trust in the Lord, to stay focused and stay faithful and see the faithfulness of God. 

Rest

Read:

“Rest in the Lord, . . .” Psalm 37:7

Reflect

Some scan the dial of the radio in search of a song to accompany their drive time. While some seek a song to drink to. It’s the songs that fill our phone that make up the soundtrack of life. The need to find the right bass-line for life, or the right melody of the heart, points to a rich truth of life. All deep things are song. The psalmist took common life, the statutes of the law and turned them into songs of the sanctuary. Psalm 37 contains three musical thoughts for the weary heart in need of rest. 

The knowledge of God

Ignorance of God is the root of unbelief and unrest. What we know of God is only a small part of what we can know. Too often we judge Him with our limited knowledge. If God were only what He seems to some – a supreme King causing and working all things good and bad according to the counsel of his predetermined will, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, using all for the advancement of His glory. If that were all God is, taken by itself, it misrepresents God. 

It’s true, God is infinitely righteous, supremely sovereign. But behind the scepter of the mighty King is the heart of the Father. The ruling motive of His great omnipotence is love, which He so loved the world, He gave His son. That’s a God we can rest in.

Submission to God

The greatest hindrance to rest is not having submitted our life to Him. A deep rest can be had if we are willing to pay the price for it. The price of complete submission of ourselves, our plans, our desires to Him.  

Reliance on God

Our Savior invites us to commit our way to the Lord, to roll our burdens upon Him, to cast our cares upon Him. He says to His people give Me your difficulty, give Me your business, and anxiety, give Me your trouble. He graciously takes it and we only have to watch for an indication of His strength. We calmly look for the salvation of the Lord, then listen for the confession of our heart to say, “my matters are in His hands.”

Respond:

Gather your cares up and fiercely cast them on Him.