2007-02-25 - The Rest of Faith
Psalm 62:1, 2 "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."
In this Psalm, we see how high victorious faith can rise. It is an example of how far dedicated and pious souls can climb, in their trust in God. The writer of the Psalm is in stillness and submission in all aspects of his life. The soul that clings to the Lord is tranquil, and in that stillness is made able to hear the quiet whispers of Divine love. God is both the Psalmist's safety and his salvation. As long as God is God, the Psalmist's soul is at rest, because it remains secure in "my rock, and my salvation."
David depends on God, and God alone. It is a good example for us. We are prone to look for our security and comfort under every other rock, and around every other corner in our lives. When we do this, we are grasping at shadows, for there is no other hope, no other peace, and no other security than that which we find entirely in God. It is not our nature to first look to the Lord for everything, but it should be our desire and the goal of our hearts. Looking first to the Lord, in good times and in our struggles, should be our SOP (Standard Operating Procedure). Whatever difficulties, dangers, blessing, or triumphs we meet with, we look first unto the Lord, "from where all our help comes." When we patiently wait upon the Lord, irrespective of circumstances, or dispensations of His providence in our lives, we are on the right track. The problem is that we often seek relief, strength, and encouragement in sources other than the Lord. Let us not do this. It is in the Lord that our soul finds rest. It is only here that we will never be shaken.
One of the signs of strong faith is that it is a patient faith, or a resting faith. Strong faith can take all the assaults of Satan, all the impediments the world offers, and yet be at rest. It rests in the Lord and, by faith, knows that the Lord is greater than all these things that look as if they might over un the levees of our lives. The stronger our faith, the more our wills will melt into His will, and when the storm rages on the waters of our lives, we will not be prone to wake the Lord up saying, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" (Mark 4:38) We will be more likely to have the strength of trusting faith, knowing that while the storms of life may seem to be assaulting us, "He alone is my rock." Quiet trust and perseverance in our faith is never an easy thing for anyone. But let us be ever-mindful of the great promise, "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him," James 1:12.
Soli Deo Gloria,