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 will 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. Selah Psalm 62:5-8 (NIV)
Is that what you want? Do you want to find rest for your soul? What a timely question. Why is that? I don’t know when I have felt more tired. So yes, I do want to find rest for my soul. What must you do if you want to find rest for your soul? I must slowdown that is for sure. There is too much hurry in my life. I’m guessing that you want me to come to quietly rest in your presence. You want me to wait before you. That is a very good guess. What will happen to you when you quietly rest and silently wait in my presence? I will slow down. I will stop the flurry of activity that is my life. I will draw near to you. I will take time to hear from you. I will listen attentively to you. I will place all my hope and trust in you. I will stop relying on myself. I will come to know that you are my rock and fortress. You are my place of refuge. Storms my swirl about me. But in you I can find rest. In you there is hope. I can take shelter in you when no matter what storm might rage around me. In you, there is peace. In you, there is calm. In you, I will never be shaken. That is true.
What will you do when you come to rest in my presence? Besides, listening to you? Yes, besides listening to me. I don’t want to move too quickly past the idea of listening attentively to you. Why is that? I can never listen too long or too carefully to you. That is true. But I want to know what else you will also do as your rest in my presence. I will pour my heart to you. I will turn all my worries into prayers to you. I will lay my burdens at your feet. I will open my heart and mind and life to you. I will lay my soul bare before you.
What will I do for you as you come to rest in my presence? You will heal me. You will help me. You will revive and refresh and renew me as I take refuge in you. Yes, I will. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I have not always placed all my hope and trust in you. Sometimes, I have relied on something or someone other than you. What a foolish mistake! Forgive me. Thank you for being my rock and fortress and refuge. I will place all my hope and trust in you. Amen
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