Saturday, August 20, 2011
My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone
When I first started this blog I wanted it to be about history proper, but I am slowly beginning to see the shortcomings of looking only into the past. Therefore, I want to be a little less formal today and write about our present everyday situation as believers. After all, history involves us. We are historians making history. We are history in action, so whenever I write anything about humanity, I am writing history broadly defined. To the matter, I have been struggling a lot lately on doing the will of God in my everyday life. While it is so very easy to write long historical praises to God, it is much harder to actually do his will in my everyday life. It is funny how I cling close to God in happy times and then shy away from God in the moments I need him the most. Truly, "for better or for worse" applies to all Christians married to the Lord. King David, our historical example for today, humbly understood this reality. He knew the only thing that could bring him through a day of sorrow is the grace of God. He found strength to endure suffering in the strength of his God. David was a king. He did not have to give God the glory through suffering. He could have boasted in his own riches, in his own might and strength, in battles won and enemies overcome. But he was too wise for such folly. He saw what only true Christians like you and I see. He knew God is the true King, to whom all power on heaven and earth truly belongs. When we suffer, when we are tempted, when we feel lost and ashamed, dazed and confused, down and forgotten, let us also remember to whom power belongs. "The Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son" (Hebrews 12:6).
Sing David's Hymn with me:
Psalm 62:1 Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
3 How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 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.
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he 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, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
9 Surely the lowborn 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 put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
do not set your heart on them.
11 One thing God has spoken,
two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
12 and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
according to what they have done.”