Meditation of the Heart
There’s nothing more pleasing to the soul than a good night’s rest. Wiggle your toes and twist you nose…it’s all good.
Psalm 73: 26…” My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Can you say this to be true in your heart today? Can you say this and mean it with all your mind, body and soul? Do you have the blessed assurance in your life that this is true to you?
For such a time as this…we need to know God as our Lord and Savior. We need to know him as our rock, as our refuge. We need to know him as our friend in times of joy and celebration and in times of trouble and confusion. When all seems to fall around us we need to know him as our fence, that which separates us from hurt, harm and danger. We need to know him as our wheel in the middle of the wheel for as the world turns and churns…we can be still in him. We need to know him as our bridge over troubled waters so that we may not get caught up in the storm. And then we need to know him as God, the one true living God, so that we will not be consumed.
Psalm 91:1…” Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
We are able to rest in God when we receive him with a pure and sincere heart. It is he who knows the heart. It is by his word that our hearts become true. It is by our faith, our hope, our belief that we are able to enter into the rest of God. When we know that we know what we know about God, we can enter into his rest. We learn not to fret over the cares of the day for we are able to give them to God. We learn that we are not in control of others nor can we make anyone do anything; but we can walk in the spirit of God and exercise self-control and restraint in the spirit. We can be an example of truth and righteousness in the face of opposition. We can’t stop others from talking about us nor from trying to hinder our efforts but we can seal our lips and ears to gossip by walking away, by not partaking in such activity. As we are faced with the limitations of the flesh in our emotions and physical health, we can release our spirit man to the Holy Spirit where there is healing and rest. In rest, we experience the joy of our salvation for we serve the one true living God.
It is here that we believe that our God has overcome the world by his life, death and resurrection. It is here that he was and is found to be complete and perfect in all things. He has likewise made us righteous in him. We have received the power and authority to do even greater works before man, so that they too will believe. It is here, as we stand firm and strong in the word of God, in his promises that we experience his glory…where we experience his rest. By faith, hope and trust we enter into his rest…his uncompromising, loving and patient rest. In God’s rest we find comfort, joy and protection, salvation and redemption. As we rest, we will sing a new song unto the Lord our God.
Psalm 96: 1-3…” Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all people.” He is your God of rest!