REST IN GOD - PSALM 62:1-8
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.
How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down – this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.
Find rest, o my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I shall not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.”
This is a confession of absolute dependence on God. It was a psalm written by King David, who experienced many difficulties and challenges before and after he became king. It is a word which excites and encourages others to lean on Almighty God and receive strength from Him.
David experienced betrayal and attack from many – even the master he served (King Saul), as well as members of his own family (his son Absalom). There were times in his life when he had to live on the run, a fugitive from his own home and place of service. He learnt the hard way that there is no one who fully measures up to our faith and trust like the Almighty. He knew there was no person on planet earth who could restore his sense of peace and wholeness like God can. He knew that when he drew near to God and worshipped Him, his world was made stable again!
Let us draw from what David speaks about in Psalm 62:
1) David found his strength in God. (“My soul finds rest in God alone”). This verse in the King James Bible is: ‘My soul waiteth upon God….”. The way to be strengthened and renewed is to wait on God, ie, to rely on God to do what is necessary, or direct you in the steps you need to take. Isaiah 40:31 says “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.…. 1 Samuel 30:1-6 tells us about how David was facing a time of stress and anxiety but in the midst of his pain, he stepped aside to find strength in the Lord. Although David had many faithful warriors and friends who surrounded him, he knew there was no one who could preserve him and keep him strong like His heavenly Father could! He claimed the Lord as his ‘rock’ and his ‘salvation’, the fortress which is so strong and solid that it cannot be shaken; when we run into the presence of God, we are enveloped in His impenetrable strength so that we cannot be moved because we are in Him. He is the rock upon which we can stand – Jesus, the rock of our salvation and our dependable, firm foundation forever! Sometimes God calls us into His presence to simply be still and know that He is God; to feel His might and invincible power; to step into His arms and encounter infinity. He is God. He is omnipotent El Shaddai for whom nothing is impossible! When we glimpse His glory we see our problems in the light of His greatness – and realize: “Is there anything too hard for the Lord!”
2) Enemies could not destroy David so long as he was held within the divine embrace. David experienced attack from every direction. His enemies used every weapon they could, even slandering him and spreading rumors about him. They were serious about destroying his life and his reputation as a leader. You may be able to identify with how he compares himself to a tottering fence and a leaning wall. There comes a time when you feel like you just cannot take any more, and you tell yourself that if one more thing goes wrong, you will explode! The gossip and insincerity becomes too much to handle – “With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse”! We may be feeling like a leaning wall or a collapsing fence, but we can do what David did – lean into the arms of our Lord! We can collapse into His holy presence. He is able to hold us through the storm. He is able to fill us with strength and lift us up to ride over the wind and the waves and rise up in the power of His Spirit with wings like an eagles’! Hallelujah. In our weakness He is our strength, and nothing can separate us from His love!
3) David looked to God for answers. Psalm 20:7 says: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” He had experienced disappointment and betrayal many times and knew the arm of flesh would fail him. He says “trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge”. David knew that coming to God in prayer and worship, and pouring out his heart to God released him from anxiety, stress and hurt. He also knew what Jesus said to His disciples “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8). God has been telling me lately that I assume that He will give me what I seek because I know He knows what is in my heart! However, He wants His children to come to Him and ask Father for what we need. Matthew 7:9-11 reads: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” God has good gifts for His children and He gives them to those who ask!
So be encouraged today dear friend that although you may be facing difficult times, Almighty God is on your side. Do not seek the help of man or rely on your own wisdom or understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Stop looking for the help of people in high places – you know the One who has the name above all names, the king of all the universe – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who loves you so much that He gave His life for you. Demons tremble at the mention of His name. His name is higher than the name of every sickness and disease. Do what David did and turn to Him alone. He will heal your pain and disappointment. He will fill you with peace and strength. He will direct your steps and lift you up from the difficulty you are facing. As David said: “Trust in Him at all times people”. With God all things are possible!
25 January 2010
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