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. How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down—this leaning wall, this tottering fence? Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he 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, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:1-8
In the summer of 2014 I took a sabbatical from my ministry as a pastor. It was a wonderful time of rest and refreshment based on God’s example of resting on the seventh day after creating the heavens and the earth. “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” (Genesis 2:3).
My passion for God, my family, and my ministry was renewed. I found that time in God’s Word and worship of him filled me up like nothing else during the sabbatical.
David begins this Psalm by saying, “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” (vv. 1-2). Ultimately only God can give us the rest and protection we need. We can run to other things, but they will not deliver us.
Many times we seek out entertainment as a diversion when we are faced with problems. Although those things can be good they will not renew us like the Lord and his Word can.
The author mentions enemies who are attacking him, lying about him, and possibly trying to steal his kingdom from him. He chooses to look to God for his rest, hope, protection, and salvation. God was his rock and his trust was in him.
As I began my sabbatical I found that I had allowed the pressures of life to drain me of my passion. As I began to write these Psalm devotionals I found great encouragement, strength, and hope from how God delivered David time and again. I realized that most of the Psalms were written in a time of trial, temptation, or great need. This is where we too often find ourselves. Then as I began to write accompanying piano pieces to these devotionals I found that the Psalms and the writing of the music brought me peace. This has helped me to affirm my rest in God alone.
Have you learned to find your rest in God alone? Are you frantically searching for peace in places where it ultimately cannot be found? Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The promise for us is that if we go to God with our concerns and needs in prayer that his peace will guard our hearts and minds and we will find rest in him.
1. What does David mean when he says, “My soul finds rest in God alone”? (v. 1)
2. What activities bring you rest and spiritual refreshment?
Lord, I confess that I often run to the wrong places to find peace in life. I know that my rest can only be found in you. Today I give you my problems, concerns, cares, and I trust your promise that you will guard my heart and mind with your peace.