Perfect Rest!

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. 3 How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down— this leaning wall, this tottering fence? 4 They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. 5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone 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, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. 9 Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. 10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. 11 One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, 12 and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.

Psalm 62

We’ll never know exactly when King David wrote this Psalm, but from verses 3 and 4 it seems pretty likely that this was around the time David’s son Absalom tried to overthrow him. (2 Samuel 13-18)  After all, he feels assaulted.  People are trying to throw him down – topple him over.  They delight in lies and curse him behind his back! 

David was dealing with some pretty hard times when he wrote this Psalm.  And yet, he was at rest.  His soul found true rest in the only place it can be found – his soul found rest in God.  Even in the most trying times, David was able to find rest in the God who promised to save him from his sins.  For David that promise to save was so reliable it was as if it had already happened!  David knew that thanks to God’s promise to send a Savior from sin, he was at peace with his God.  He could enjoy perfect rest on this earth, even in the midst of the most difficult days of his life.

And so can you – because you know Jesus.  When David walked this earth, God’s promise to send a Savior from sin had not yet been fulfilled.  But as you walk this earth, it has!  Jesus has come to win forgiveness for all people just as God promised.  He won that forgiveness with his death on a Roman cross.  And with his resurrection from the dead, he assures you that forgiveness is valid!  Thanks to the forgiveness Jesus won for you, like David, you too can find true rest in God alone.  You too can find rest, because you know that your eternal well being is secure!  You are at peace with your God! 

No matter what this life throws at you, you know where to find rest.  You find rest in Jesus!  …and here in Psalm 62.

Thankful for the perfect rest we enjoy in Jesus – perfect rest we’ll enjoy together in heaven forever!

Pastor Z.