Truly my soul finds rest in God;
My salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Psalm 62: 1-2
What do you need in order to find rest? A good mattress, some white noise, and a quiet space? Or maybe you are looking for a more extended rest on a tropical beach? Did you know you could find it anyplace if you just reset how you view your life around you?
David makes it all seem so simple in his words here in Psalm 62. Sometimes I read these words and wonder how he can say he will “never” be shaken. “Never” carries a lot of weight. How could he be so sure that it did not matter what circumstance he faced?
I ask that question from the angle of my own life. I definitely have been shaken which makes it hard to understand how David was so certain that he would not be. In reflecting on my struggles, I see the times in my life where I was struggling. I see the times I questioned God’s wisdom; the moments where the desires of my heart wanted to trump God’s plan for my life; occasions when I struggled to have faith.
When I look back at these instances though, I also see a pattern. Struggle, struggle, struggle. Decide to give the situation over to God’s control. Peace and rest. Struggle, struggle, struggle. Decide to give the situation over to God’s control. Peace and rest. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Each time the struggle ended in peace and rest only after I trusted God to be in control. That does not come easily for me. I like control a little too much. It seems sometimes I don’t even notice that I am holding onto it until fatigue starts to enter in and I realize I need to put the situation back in God’s hands.
Are you feeling that same fatigue? What are you holding onto or worrying about? Have you prayed about it as much as you have thought about it? Do you need to turn something over to God’s control?
In these scriptures, David acknowledges that God is essentially his everything. He was his rock, salvation, and fortress. God was the firm ground in which David built his life. God was David’s deliverance. God was David’s safe place. In recognizing God’s role in his life, he is able to relay the reassurance that he would never be shaken.
When I look back at the times in my life where circumstances threatened to overwhelm me, I can see I was the one at fault. I stepped away from God. I held onto the situation, trying to control the outcome. In my time away from allowing God to be my protection and salvation, I was shaken. I had to return back to God to find the rest that I longed for.
Where is your fatigue coming from? I promise no mattress or tropical escape will ever compare to the relief found in giving God the reins to your life. God wants to be your rock, salvation and fortress just as he was to David. Give yourself over to God’s control and find sweet relief as you rest in his protection.
As always, if you have questions, ideas or want to study further, I am available at TheRefreshingWell@gmail.com.