Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. Psalm 116:7 NLT
For several years, I have been reading a Psalm at the end of the day. I use these Scriptures to focus the last waking moments of each day to be still and quiet before God.
Lately the Lord has been reminding me to REST in Him. It is easy to get caught up in the business of the world and struggle to survive another day. But this time it wasn’t about the busyness. He was just calling me to the overall positive experience just to embrace this new rest.
It was like the grand pause on the music score of our lives that came to renew, refresh and revive me. Rest in Him is the result of His own purpose and design, given to us from His mere good pleasure and love. Delight in his service, be satisfied in His presence, and joy in the communion beginning with Him here below, which is to be perfected above in its full fruition
To help me understand this rest the Lord hinted at this acronym –
RESTORE to me the joy of your salvation
‘Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me’ – Psalm 51:12 NIV.
David had formerly known the happiness of being a friend of God, and of having a hope of salvation that he literally cries out “Cause the joy of my salvation to return.”
Salvation means that we have turned from sin and turned to God. Salvation is our relationship with God – a deep abiding relationship that is perfect on God’s part and a work in progress from our point of view. Knowing that we are not perfect – simply forgiven – brings great joy – great peace. What a beautiful thought
And grant me a willing spirit – That is, sustain me; keep me from falling.
I want to be noticeably joyful in every moment of my life because Jesus died for all of our moments whether they are good or bad.
Turn your EYES upon Jesus
“The Heavenly Vision”, also known as “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (the first line of its chorus) is a simple but beautiful chorus by Helen H. Lemmel. In Hebrews 12:1-3, the writer implores us to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and to fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
Be STRONG in the Lord
Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
For me, I remember the victory won on the cross by our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Even at our best, we are weak and need God’s strength. If God loves us enough to sacrifice his only Son, won’t he help us in our times of weakness?
God has given us armour and weapons, but their power comes from God.
TRUST in His Kindness
Trust leads to rest. We must trust the Lord first then we can relax and enjoy Him.
The Lord has been good. Too often we forget what the Lord has given us and look too easily at the things He has not. When we stop to reflect on all that God has provided in our lives, we are led away from envy and into thanksgiving. This leads to REST. Paul says it so well to Titus.
‘But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.’ (Titus 3:5-7)
This to me is a call that God is good, that my soul does need time to rest because, when it comes down to it, God is good to me. This verse speaks to me saying, “Take a break! Be at peace! Calm your soul! The world will not stop turning! Take care of yourself, because God has been good to you.”
Run with it.
Run into it.
Never, ever run away from it.
Run with great determination.
God’s arms are opened wide.
Moses was honest with God. “Hey, this is not easy.”
‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest’ Exodus 33:14.