“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he 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, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” – Psalm 62:5-8 (NIV).
King’s David’s life was full of turmoil. Pursued by King Saul, who felt threatened by his early battle success he started out by being on the run. Pushed into exile, once David, for a cover, pretended to be insane; “and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard” (1 Samuel 21:13). When all appeared over, just as he was settling down, he was overthrown by his son in a palace coup.
David faced trials over and over again. Yet from all the headaches he faced, he would write, “May the name of the Lord answer you when you are in distress, may the name of the God of Jacob protect you” (Psalm 20:1). His faith was steadfast.
Psalm 23 is a testament of where David knew to find rest in the midst of turmoil. As he wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides quiet waters, he restores my soul” (vv 1-3).
Just as with David any of us may chance upon troubling situations that leave us restless. The life we live is not without challenges, which is the reality of living here on earth. The Lord clearly warned the disciples of the days ahead, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Through the life of David the Lord’s we see where to find rest in the midst of upheavals. “But I trust in you Lord, I say, You are my God…How great is your goodness which you have stored for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men of those what take refuge in you” (Psalm 31: 14-19).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, throughout all life’s trials and turmoil, my heart is steadfast, because I trust and find rest in you, this I pray in Jesus’s name!