I am tired!
And I have another couple months of crazy ahead. This weekend we are doing a garage sale, but we also have our regular events plus a long night at school on Thursday due to a spring concert. My calendar shows something booked for every weekend; I am trying to prepare for a Kindergarten graduation; I have to pack and get a house ready to put on the market; I need to take care of the kids . . .
It could go on and on. When I tried to think what I could write for today’s post, all I could think was,
“I need rest!””
I do need to try to get the sleep that I need, but I know that I am on a marathon right now. More importantly, I need to find rest in the Lord. Even if your life is rather peaceful right now, you will have a time in the future where you are harried, frustrated, frazzled, and in need of rest! I love Psalm 62:5 in the NIV. It says,
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.”
The King James says, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” If we wait only on Him, we will not be frenzied, harried, and frazzled.
Be still silent, O my soul! submit thyself completely, trust immovably, wait patiently. . . For my expectation is from him. We expect from God because we believe in him. The Treasury of David
My soul, wait thou only upon God. They trust not God at all who trust him not alone. He that stands with one foot on a rock, and another foot upon a quicksand, will sink and perish, as certainly as he that standeth with both feet upon a quicksand. David knew this, and therefore calleth earnestly upon his soul (for his business lay most within doors) to trust only upon God. John Trapp
Only God can give us the mental, emotional, and physical rest we truly need. I know when I am not getting the rest from Him that I need, it is because I am not depending on Him like I should. Psalm 62 goes on to say:
He only is my rock and my salvation:
he is my defence; I shall not be moved. (v. 6/KJV)
I like how verse 6 says “only”. He ALONE is my salvation and the unshifting, unchanging, perfect One that I can depend on. Why do we run to so many other people or things for our security and help? Yes, God has given us great soulmates and friends to help in our times of need, but He alone will never let us down. He alone can be the rock that we can lean on for strength and a sure footing.
He is my defence. Not my defender only, but my actual protection. I am secure, because he is faithful.
When we read these wonderful words about how God is our rock and salvation, our confidence should grow like David’s confidence so that we too can say, “I shall not be moved!” When we see how God supplies the rest and strength that we need during these tiring and stressful seasons of life, our confidence in Christ should also grow because He has been our fortress, our protector, our rock, and our salvation during those times. We should be stronger.
Even he that is the rock of ages is my rock; he that is the God of salvation is my salvation; he that is the Most High is my high place; and therefore I have all the reason in the world to confide in him. Matthew Henry’s Commentary
In God is my salvation and my glory:
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
- Do I glory in these truths? These are exciting truths! He is my salvation! He is my rock, my strength, and my refuge! What unsaved person can say that? Do my kids see that He is my rock? Or do they just see me frazzled and frenzied? These thoughts are a rebuke me as a mom.
- Do I give God the glory for what He is doing in my life? Am I speaking aloud to others of how God has helped me? Do I share with others how God can be their rock, their salvation, their strength, and their refuge?
In God let us boast all the day long. “The rock of my strength (that is, my strong rock, on which I build my hopes and stay myself) and my refuge, to which I flee for shelter when I am pursued, is in God, and in him only. I have no other to flee to, no other to trust to. Matthew Henry’s Commentary
Trust in him at all times; ye people,
pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us.
Maybe this is the crux of the matter — maybe I don’t really trust the way I say I do. I have His Word about how He is our refuge and strength; yet I depend on my own strength instead of turning to Him. I don’t flee to Him for refuge when I am overwhelmed. I don’t glory in Him the way I should. And then I do get frazzled and frenzied. I need to wait . . . and trust . . . and pour out my heart to Him . . . and expect Him to provide ALL I need. He knows that I have to finish strong my year teaching. He knows I have to pack up and clean a house. He knows that we need to move. He can work out the details . . .
I need to trust.
Trust in him to guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work. Matthew Henry
To trust in God is to cast our burden on the Lord, when it is too heavy for our own shoulder (Psalms 55:22); to dwell “in the secret place of the Most High,” when we know not where to lay our heads on earth (Psalms 91:1); to “look to our Maker,” and to “have respect to the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 17:7); to lean on our Beloved Song of Solomon 8:5 Isa 36:6); to stay ourselves, when sinking, on the Lord our God (Isaiah 26:3). In a word trust in God is that high act or exercise of faith whereby the soul, looking upon God and casting itself on his goodness, power, promises, faithfulness, and providence, is lifted up above carnal fears and discouragements; above perplexing doubts and disquietments; either for the obtaining and continuance of that which is good, or for the preventing or removing of that which is evil… Trust in him at all times.
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