Text: Psalm 62 (Read it here)
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, NIV)
My Soul Finds Rest
Author: Rob Anderson
One would thing getting a good night’s sleep with plenty of rest would be easy. Google “How to get good rest,” however, and you discover that perhaps it is not quite as easy as it seems.
For instance, a Huffington Post article (you can find it here, if you would like) lists 37 things, all supported by science, to help you get better sleep. Things like
- Slip on some socks
- Keep your room dark
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid heavy meals when it is late
- Keep your bedroom quiet
- But not too quiet
Now, one can do all 37 of these things, or, one can simply find their rest in God.
You see, one of the things that prevents us from resting well is those little conversations we have in the back of our mind about who is really in control and should we do if things look out of control.
The psalmist tells us these words:
He is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
If God is your rock and your fortress and the one who provides salvation, I can see why rest is found in him.
Have you ever considered following God a challenge or something you have to work hard to accomplish? What caused you to have these feelings? What aspects of following God do you have to work hardest to do? What is the reward for these efforts?
When the psalmist writes that his or her soul finds rest in the Lord, do you believe him or her? In what ways has your soul experienced rest in God? How would you describe this idea of “soul finding rest” to someone just starting out on their faith journey?
How is salvation and hope tied to the idea of finding rest in the Lord? How do these two things calm fears and reassure you in the midst of what you might at times describe as the “struggle” to find God?