April 24, 2020
My nickname from those close to me as a child, was “good times Abe”. The quest of my life has been an ongoing search for the next fun and exciting experience to have. What’s funny is that I don’t think I am the only one! In this last century we have been wired to be creatures of doing, rather than creatures of being.
It’s interesting, because you would think that since we are forced to be at home now for a bulk of our time, that less activity and stress would come more naturally. One could think that we would naturally find rest. However, most of us have found that is not the case! We have merely found other ways to distract and busy ourselves, and stress continues to stir in our souls.
So how do we find rest for our souls? In Psalm 62, David reflects on how to make sure that our power and abilities does not erode our souls. He says:
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8
Even though he had limitless resources and enormous power, he still found himself fighting to find rest. Yes, he was a man of action. In fact, he was a warrior and a victorious one at that! However, all of his success and leadership flowed from his ability to find rest for his soul. We find his pattern outlined in these verses.
- God was his hope. He would regularly run to God as his source of salvation and rescue. Whatever he faced he was seeking God first!
- God was his help. He was constantly acknowledging his need for God’s strength. Self-reliance was not an option for David.
- God was his heart’s desire. One of the great lines of this Psalm, is David’s call to pour out your heart to God. It was something he did all the time!
David’s ability to find rest flowed from those three habits. His soul was restored as he would run regularly to God, seek his help, and pour out his heart. It was how became known as “the man after God’s own heart”. We would do well to follow his example!
Our lives are like a big jar kept outside. Over time in the elements, much will collect within, and the only way to stay refreshed is to pour out the contents inside from time to time. When we are consistently running to God and pouring out our hearts, it brings rest to our soul.
Let’s resist the urge to keep doing and distracting ourselves. Take some time to find rest for your soul. Go for a walk, sit quietly on the patio, and pour out your heart to the God who loves you and is ready to be your help in whatever way you need!
As you pray: Read those verses again and let them begin your prayer time today. Pour out the contents of your heart – your worries, fears, hurts, dreams– all that’s in your jar. Now ask God to cleanse you and lead you today. Pray for your neighbors and coworkers today. Ask God to bless them and be with them in whatever they are facing. Ask Him to show you a way to love them today.