Finding “Soul Rest” in God

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“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)

I saw Psalm 62:5 somewhere recently and I thought, “Yes!  This is what I need to keep in mind, to keep telling myself!”  Those of you who have been following my posts for a while know that “Rest” has been a big theme in my life lately – what rest truly looks like for me, how to find this rest and how to keep rest an intentional part of my life.  So how am I doing with it all?  Well, I’d say I am doing so-so and there is definitely room for improvement.

Therefore, this idea of finding “soul rest” in God really resonated with me from these verses in Psalm 62.  To find not just physical, mental or emotional rest in my life but deep, lasting rest within my soul!  And the reason I can find this in God?  These verses tell me that it is because my hope springs from my time and energy spent in relationship with my Creator.

I also like how David has to tell his soul to find rest in God.  That it doesn’t happen naturally or on its own in our lives.  No, it is a constant struggle and a forever fight against the way of the world around us.  Busy, busy, busy is so often our mantra.  Which is why I loved the book, Breaking Busy, by Alli Worthington which I read recently and wrote about in previous posts here and here.

Another word that jumps out at me from this section is “Trust.”  The idea that when we put our trust in God, we are putting it in something that is sure and true.  In these verses, David calls God my rock, my fortress, my salvation and my refuge.  All of these items invoke a deep sense of safety and security.  And those last two things are vitally important in deciding whether or not something is trustworthy.

David ends this section with a key phrase, “… pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”  When and where do we usually pour out our hearts?  Often these times are few and far between in our lives and with a very limited number of trusted people.  I know for me there is a dichotomy that I long to do this more and also that I shy away from baring my soul to others because of past hurts.

But it is significant to recognize that we can always pour out our hearts to God, especially when it relates to the idea of “soul rest.”  I believe there is an important correlation here.  Because the more we take time to trust in the refuge that is our God, the more we will find true rest deep within our souls.

“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)

**I am linking up with Holley Gerth’s “Coffee for Your Heart” today.  Click on the image below to find other great posts in the linkup**

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One thought on “Finding “Soul Rest” in God

  1. Kelsey

    It’s so true that we have to tell our souls to rest. So often many spiritual disciplines include that self talk and reminders of God’s word and ways. Thanks for this encouragement.

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