Saturday, August 27, 2011

Finding Rest in God Alone (Psalm 62)

Psalm 62:5-8 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

In times of anxiety and unrest, David exhorts himself to "find rest, O my soul, in God alone." When our eyes are focused on the raging sea, like Peter, we will sink. But when our eyes are focused on God who is our rock, salvation and fortress, we will be able to walk on troubled waters. We will not be shaken because we will be like walking on solid rock instead of sinking water. Not only is our salvation depends on God, David says that our "honor" also depends on Him. So the reminder to us all is: "Trust in him AT ALL TIMES... pour out your hearts to him" in prayers. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 is a good reminder for those of us going through challenging times: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." 

Three things we must do in order that our paths will be made straight:

(1) "Trust in the Lord with all your heart": It must start at the heart. If we are wavering in our trust, we will not have peace in the midst of the crisis.

(2)  "Lean not on your own understanding": No matter how much we think we know the situation (maybe even better than God), our knowledge is finite. There are things we do not know and cannot know. When we lean on our own knowledge and wisdom, we will short-change ourselves. Looking to God who knows everything is essential to making the right decisions. 

(3) "In all your ways acknowledge him": Don't just acknowledge God inside the walls of the church. God is not confined to the church but He is out there in the marketplace. As we acknowledge that He is there, we will learn to call upon him at every moment in our daily interaction at work. Once we have committed our decisions to Him, we must expect that His wisdom will be given at the point of need so we can say the right thing and make the right decision.  

If we fulfil the above three conditions, we can be certain that the promise will come true: "And he will make your paths straight." 

Lord, we commit all our anxiety into Your hand and trust You completely to grant us wisdom to make the right decisions. I confess that my understanding is limited and I acknowledge You as the God who knows everything. May You be in my daily decisions and interactions with my family, friends, colleagues and clients. Amen.