Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psa 62:1 NIV)
Does my soul find rest?
If you’re anything like me these words have always sounded nice, but what does this actually look like? The picture David gives is one of finding rest in a unique place of safety, a “rock” or “fortress.” In Israel these kinds of places can be found on mountain tops, caves, and high rock formations. The problem is that in order to use these safe-houses you have to go up. The picture is going up to God spiritually and resting in Him alone, just the way one would go up to the fortress and stay there for safety from their enemies.
In all honesty, our biggest problem is that we do not go up, rather we stay down. We stay down in all sorts of ways. It is easier that way, but it really isn’t safe and it certainly doesn’t offer us any added security. In order to have a soul that waits or finds rest in God we have to go to God, alone. Staying down and trying to fight our battles alone simply will not do. We often try to find help not in God alone but in something else, or we try to add a bit of God at the ground level or on the side. We must leave behind our own sources of help and go to God alone. Spiritually we need to go up to God and enter into His presence and wait.
The key is that in Christ we actually have access to God’s throne 24/7 but we must spiritually avail ourselves to Him. We must spiritually enter God’s presence and allow Him to be our rock and fortress. My desire is that we would hear the hope offered to us in Ps. 62 and respond by going up to God.