By Emma Gray
I have been taking part in a Bible study looking at the life of David in the Old Testament. Part of that has involved looking into the Psalms, many of which David wrote. Two Psalms I have enjoyed recently have been Psalm 62 and Psalm 27. In Psalm 62 verse 5, David says, “Find rest, O my soul, In God alone; my hope comes from him”
I don’t know about you, but if something is going on in my life, good or bad, I like to talk about it with my family and friends and often, ashamedly, the last person I go to is God. People can give us good advice. At times, they can also give us bad advice. But for our souls to completely find REST, we have to go to GOD ALONE. That has two facets to it:
GOD ALONE – Only God can give our souls true rest. When we are troubled, when we are weary, when our mind goes into overdrive, God alone can give us rest. He’s always there, waiting for us, delighting in us and ready to give us shelter under the shadow of his wings (Psalm 91). God alone is there for us, understanding when no one else gets what we’re going through. God alone is there for us when we don’t understand his will. God alone is there for us when we need intensive care and our pain is so great. We may seek rest for our souls in the company of friends, in a good book, in a walk along the beach, in trashy TV, in a glass of wine, but God alone is where we will truly find that soul rest.
GOD ALONE – Meeting together as church, as small group, as a prayer triplet are all good things which Jesus modelled for us. However, Jesus also modelled for us meeting with God alone – just Jesus and his father. If we want to model Jesus in our relationships, yes we should be regularly going to church, yes we should be part of a small group, yes it’s good to have the intimacy of two or three close friends who are believers, but let us not neglect meeting with God alone. A meeting just the two of you is so, so precious. It’s where God loves on you, his precious child, teaches you, changes you to be more like him. It’s where we find rest for our souls.
Psalm 27 v 8 says, ‘My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.’ I heard someone speaking on the radio yesterday about prayer. He said he prays because he knows God answers prayer. Whilst I wholeheartedly agree with the man that God does answer prayer, is that why we pray? Often our prayers can sound like shopping lists of things we want God to do for us. We have been singing the song, “One Thirst” recently which contains the words from Psalm 27. I was challenged as I read the Psalm and sang the song. When I come to spend time with God alone, is my single wish to seek his face or seek what he can do for me? Am I seeking to know God more when I spend time with him? Is it just a tick box exercise that I have had my quiet time that day, or am I truly seeking his face? I know I don’t often get the balance right, but I know one thing for sure, his word is true. When he asks us to seek his face, he means it. When he says our souls find rest in him alone, he means it.
So, how about you spend time today with God alone? Seek his face and let him provide for you what you need – a big dose of soul rest.
I am married to Fin and we have three daughters, Ella, Daisy and Phoebe. We live in the country and love having our home filled with people. At the moment I am passionate about tea, music, running and doing the laundry! We can be found in Inverurie on a Sunday.