I praise you for your wonderful Word, Lord, and the power of it in our lives. During a very trying time in my life, the following was written.
Psalm 62:5 “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;”
[This is a command (not a suggestion), while in verse 1 the same truth is given as a statement “My soul finds rest in God alone,” telling us where rest is possible. Here we are called upon to make a choice to find our rest in You, Lord.
We need to turn away from what we naturally pursue for rest– getting what we want, resolution of situations and tensions, positive reactions of people, removal of conflict.
The fact is that each of these solutions is fleeting and superficial, so quickly replaced by other stresses. But finding our rest in you is deep, powerful and eternal. Help us to willfully, volitionally find our rest in you alone.]
“my hope comes from him.”
[Again, this statement is a bit different from verse 1 (“my salvation comes from him”). Here is hope, the possibility of receiving what we desire: rest. We need to turn from our desire to desiring the One who can grant it.
As it says in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart.” You. Lord, are to be the focus of our affections; then you can safely give us good things, knowing that they will not become idols.
You are giving us great responsibility and possibility here, Lord. Romans 15:13 clarifies this: “May the God of hope give you all joy and peace as you trust in Him (there is our part, trusting, finding our rest in Him), so that your lives may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
As we trust, the power of the Spirit comes; as we find our rest in you, Lord, then you pour out all kinds of goodness in our lives.]
We can trust you because you are Elohim, the incredibly powerful and faithful One. You show your power in creation–you are the star Breather, the galaxy Former, the planet Hanger, the dawn Bringer. The variety and detail of every aspect of this world you spoke into existence is mind boggling. You are great beyond comprehension.
You are also incredibly faithful–you promise and it happens; you plan and it comes to pass. At the right time you came to be our Savior. No one and nothing can stop you.
So I choose to embrace your character as Elohim, powerful and faithful. You know what you are doing as you shape, guide, change and transform my life. Therefore I gladly join you wholeheartedly by trusting you today–in the midst of uncertainty and disappointments–with total praise.