“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” –Psalm 37:7a
If I’m being honest right now, I’ll admit that I don’t feel very rested. The last several months of straining ahead have added up. My soul, my mind, and my body are weary. Maybe you know the feeling. . .
In a way, it’s a good sign– I know that I have not been sitting idly by, frittering my time away. I have been involved in many good things. But on the other hand, I find myself yearning for rest. Ironically, I haven’t been entirely sure of what this rest looks like. Yet, the Lord has been faithful to grow me through that. It’s become painfully obvious that my true rest cannot be found in sleep, journaling, or playing piano, things I used to rely on for rest.
I’ve learned that my true rest, which is the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7), is to be found in the Lord. David knew about the rest that the Lord gives. If anyone had a reason to be stressed, David was the guy. The Psalms he wrote are a kind of spiritual autobiography, a record of His journey with God. If you are stressed or struggling to find rest, slowly marinate in these verses.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” -Psalm 37:7a
“Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” -Psalm 116:7
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul.” -Psalm 23:2-3a
There is a song called “My Soul Longs for the Lord” by Keith and Kristyn Getty, and the first verse really hit me:
My soul longs for The Lord in a weary land
Wells are dry and I am empty,
Only dust in my hands.
How I yearn for streams of mercy
Where my soul can be restored
’Come and drink’ Jesus calls me,
’and you will thirst no more’
Oh the fullness of Christ
Word of God Word of life
In the midst of stress and anxiety, run to the Lord. The remedies of this world only serve to temporarily address the symptom, not the cause. When we are at rest with God, our souls are restored.