My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
I am still walking through Psalm during my morning quiet time. Yes, it’s taking a long time- but I like to stop, look around, and dwell in the passages for a bit. There is such an emphasis on the word “alone” here. It was used twice in such a short span that it really caught my attention.
For some it may be a home, stability in a relationship or financial security, freedom from debt, achievement in school or work….there are so many things that we attempt to find rest in. A reason to exhale and rest easy.
“I’d be more comfortable if I only had a bigger home.”
“I’d could rest easy if my long-time boyfriend would just pop the question.”
“All I need is that promotion and I won’t have to worry about money anymore.”
But that’s not what the verse says. It doesn’t say “My soul finds rest in a pay raise and God”…”My soul finds rest in my spouse and God”….”My soul finds rest in a house and God”. The verse says “My soul finds rest in GOD ALONE….HE ALONE is my rock and my salvation”. The Lord is the only source of stability, comfort, fulfillment and true salvation. Nothing else is constant; nothing else is true. If your hope is anything or anyone else, you WILL be shaken.
In the popular Christian song written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, the lyrics echo very truth.
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
Look all you want for something or someone to fill your cup….rest, stability, strength and salvation come from God ALONE.
Confession time….this week I have been pre-occupied. I have shared before that I am a do-er….and one who has a hard time sitting still. If there’s a list to be conquered- I can do it. If there’s a task to be completed- I’ve got that. There is a great sense of accomplishment for me when I cross things off that list of mine. This week – in addition to the weekly household tasks and school/sports routines and church activities- we had a house guest, I started jazzercise, negotiated a hotel contract for a mini women’s retreat, spent time at the firing range, went shopping for a birthday present and had dinner with friends. I have been feeling the pull of my artistic side this week too. So I took some time to create and may convert one of those drawings into a painting. Something to look forward to. Yes, I am a multi-dimensional woman! BUT…Whew. It has been busy and FUN. But if I keep this up, I run the risk of allowing my “do-ing” to get out of hand. How can I “be still” if I can’t be still? Is it possible that I find my “rest” in my to-do list? Sounds like an oxymoron, but I think there’s some truth to it. I have said it before and I will say it again – Finding balance is a constant struggle for me. While I have been committed to my quiet time with the Lord in the morning, it’s hard to seek Him and SEE Him during the course of the day if I am going like this. To do…..or not to do; I need to keep my motivations in check and my heart and eyes on my rock and salvation.