I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.
-Psalm 62:1

We can be content and in need of God.

There is a place, position, or posture that we are in where we are ready, willing, and desiring to see God work and respond to that.

Silently wait for God to act on your behalf

To rest in God alone means to wait, to be subject, to watch and follow, to be quiet.

“Bear and forbear, and silent be, tell to no man thy misery; yield not in trouble to dismay, God can deliver any day.”

The one who talks too much of their troubles to people forgets God.

Silent conversation with God alleviates the need for sympathy from people.

Complaining, gossiping about yourself, and thinking your way out increases unbelief and magnifies troubles.

To confide in God alone, and wait for him, and finally be delivered is a sweet joy, incomparable.

Resting In God For Salvation and Glory

My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God.

-Psalm 62:7
Do you have high hopes for the new year ahead?  I do.  Are you worried about being disappointed, again?  I know that feeling.
I am thinking about the high hopes I have in God.   Our salvation and our glory rests on God.  God is the place where I rest.
We know that salvation is not just an event, but a process and a life in God.  A number of translations have the word ‘deliverance’ rather than ‘salvation’, because they both mean the same thing.

Jesus saves.  Jesus delivers us for eternity, in time.  Jesus is saving us through good times and in times of loss.

All of our lives, we are discovering that we depend on God.  We are working out that dependency.   Our only hope is in God.
We are utterly dependent on God, but at the same time, we are all given responsibility to do something with what God gives us.  We are all accountable to God for what we do with what we have.
The God that we relate to and serve is the plural God.  God is not a force, but persons, three persons.  God is knowable and is three persons.  And God can and does choose how God will show up and manifest to us in our lives.
Our personal glory depends on God.

Glory means fame, attractiveness, success, favor, honor or exaltation.  

Many people who have glory or have been made glorious by God are not famous.  Many people who are not considered attractive have glory that is very attractive.  
There is glory in the world, that is not from God.  I want the glory that comes from God.  As an author or an artist or a person who does anything, so that includes everything; I think we should have the view or experience of doing whatever it is that you do, for an audience of one.
Some of us have platforms, where we are seen by tens, hundreds or thousands of people.  A few get seen by millions.  But, we never get to be ‘the great man’ or ‘the great woman’.
God is always the great God of each one of us, no matter how glorious or honored or attractive or successful we become.
My significance rests on God.  
In the midst of our lives, God’s glory comes to us and upon us.  We discover or unpack the glory that is like treasure we carry within our lives.
We give the glory back to God, the King, as a gift or offering.

Whatever happens in the year ahead, our salvation and our glory depends on God.  My salvation and my glory rests on God.  How I go through the adventure and become who I am meant to be rests on God.

Silent Prayer

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

-Psalm 62:1
Have you tried silent prayer?  It has two components: You don’t tell anyone but God, and you primarily pray without speaking out loud.  It is counter-intuitive and powerful.
All the words are here, describing silent prayer, in Psalm 62:1, and are amplified and further explained in the rest of David’s song.  I wonder what the tune was like.  To be blunt, this is a song about people wanting to kill you, but putting your trust in God to save you.
I have prayed about hundreds and probably thousands of things over the years.  The most important or biggest things were crisis things and impossible things.  I know about praying and talking to others about the prayer request, then waiting, seeing, praying, talking, living, waiting, and praying some more.
There are prayers of request, petition, supplication, thanks, lament, grief, and anger.  There are also declarative prayers and prayers that involve binding and loosing.  There are also prayers of command.
There are also prayers of travail and prayers that involve tears and prayers that are just weeping, and even wailing.  And don’t forget fasting and prayer or prayer and fasting.  You can fast from just about anything and it helps your life, prayers, and prayer life:  Fast from television, all electronic media, certain foods or all foods, or fast from gossip – the need to talk about other people, even if it is not malicious
Silent prayer fits in with many of the types and styles of prayer I just mentioned.  Silent prayer is a type of fast where we keep our prayer request secret and keep it between us and God.  And silent prayer is when we pray silently.
When I had some impossible prayer requests that weighed on my heart, I began to practice silent prayer during the north leg of my daily commute.  Sometimes I would speak during the westbound time and then get silent when I headed north and sometimes I would listen to podcasts or recorded material, but shut it off and go into silence when I headed north.
Without having this verse or any verse in front of me, I placed my self and my problem in front of God, in silence, like an offering or as material for sacrifice.  I often marveled at the fact that in the past, my way would be to “phone a friend” and talk endlessly about the problem, but now God is teaching me a better way.  Actually, in the past it was both/and:  I would do long silent walks on the beach and I would also talk a lot to friends.  The difference in the recent past, was like I was not aloud to talk about it, or rather God was counseling me to do things this way, cutting out the “phone a friend” old way.
And nothing in wrong with talking to friends and family!  It is good to talk and listen and communicate.  But there is something more and God’s intimate one-on-one relationship with each one of us is so very important that it is the foundation of our lives that we can not live without.  Much better to be lonely for friends or companionship with people than to have many friends and loved-ones, but have God lonely for companionship with you, because we have neglected him or rather your relationship with him.
I had a funny, gentle dream once that made a point about savoring my relationship with God and not gossiping about it.  I was in a church setting and received a revelation or a word from God, and there was a phone, my phone, right behind me; and I picked it up and called my friend to tell him about the word, immediately.  It was like a television comedy where that phone rings, interrupting something, except it was me who went for the phone, when something intimate and secret and loving and gracious had just been given to me by God, “phoning a friend” rather than celebrating, savoring, and being thankful in God’s presence in intimacy.  I learned.
Everything I need to know about what God is to me and what he wants to do, it given to me in David’s words in Psalm 62:1

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

Being at rest, means to wait silently.  The “in God alone” piece tells us that he was putting all his chips on the table for God.  He is going all in, whole hog, or as John Wimber loved to say, “lock-stock-and-barrel, no-holds-barred, mountain-style”.

Often, when we have a crisis, we say, “but I have a plan”.  This has happened, what do we do?  We say that we could do this or that or try this or that or investigate doing this or that.  But there is a time when our only hope is God.

There is a paradox that we live in where we must completely put our hope in God, but we also must do something: faith and faithful follow through, based on God’s faithfulness.  We can be fully in the place of reliance of God, in silence, and ready to move with God when God moves or take the initiative, as God directs or brings together circumstances.

Having grown up during the Star Wars films, I always think of that line, “your’re my only hope”.  God is my only hope for a number of things.  I am thankful that I can do many things, by and through God’s grace, at this moment; but there are some things that I need God’s help on, with, and for; or they pretty much will not be.

The word rest goes along with this idea of waiting in silence only on God.  He wants me to rest and not strive.  We actually do everything from rest.

But with the big problem, the big prayer request; where it is out of my control and there’s nothing I can do to change what needs to change, what I want to see changed, and it is based on what the Bible tells me about how things can be.  With that big one in front of me, I wait, rest, and dwell silently before God, seeing God as my only resource.  Just the practice of doing this is a blessing, is helpful, is gracious, is healing, and beneficial.

Big God, little me.  When I do this silent prayer, I am “strangely encouraged”.  I feel better, even when nothing is better, according to my senses.

I have come out of silence with the revelation that God has me, God has my problem, or the issue I am concerned about.  Things build up in me, in my non-silent world; and I return to the silence before God again, bringing my stuff and placing it before him, and I am reassured again that he’s got this and he’s got me.

Silent prayer.  Try it, you’ll like it.

Weakness and Rest

I call to You from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength.
Lead me to a rock that is high above me.

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

-Psalm 61:2 & 62:1
I just got back to work from a week of vacation.  When we have a vacation, we rest from or normal work, but some of us do other work or even make recreation into work.  Have you ever gone on a trip, that was supposed to be fun and enjoyable, only to feel more tired than when went you left?
I am still learning to rest.  When I have time-off from my normal work schedule, there are many things I want to do.  I think that is a good thing, but I just have to rest after I do them.
For me, physical tiredness affects my mental state.  It is not well with my soul, when I am exhausted.  When I am tired, I am vulnerable to being grouchy and seeing the world through grey glasses.
I remember being at a Saturday leadership meeting and there was a man there who led a significant ministry in California, and he was dozing off.  He had the grace to fall asleep in the meeting.  I was discipled right there, by this older gentleman’s example.
Many of the rest of us hit exhaustion while we are going, performing, or driving; with bad results.
Be a life-long-learner.  I have been learning about rest and the need for it, for a long time.  I think it is an essential.
Do you recall a radio program called “Haven“?  They sang a song that went, “I’ve anchored my soul in the haven of rest”.  Heard it many times and I didn’t fully get it, but I do now.
Fact: we get tired and we need rest.  Our hearts get tired.  We are weak creatures.  We have limits.
Rest is a posture.  I think we are always in need and always need to be resting in the Lord.  And we especially need to turn into and onto God when we are tired.  That includes feeling faint, heavy-hearted (weighted down heaviness), and just plain overwhelmed.
If you are a productive person, you need to learn the rhythm of rest.
We are weak, frail creatures who need rest.  And the best rest is found in God.  We practice God’s presence all the time, when we do stuff, when we are out and about; and we rest in God.
Wouldn’t it be great to always rest in God, as in being while doing.  Manifestation is different than hiddeness, but in both places we abide; which to me is resting.
There’s a paradox where God puts us in charge of things, saying, “Go, do it”, but we never stop abiding or resting in him.  So when we do, he does.  And I think what God is after is for us to be like gloves with his hand inside.
We are dependent completely, but we must do it.  And when we do it, we want to have him in us doing it through us.  And this is resting in him and seeing salvation come from him through our lives.
We both “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”, and, “Take thee thy rod and strike it”.  You should do the right thing and repent when you mess up and you should also hear God say, “I’ve got this”, and then participate in God doing something very special.  We are neither robots nor orphans.
We are children, child-like adults, if you are past puberty; who are being given responsibility and freedom into wide spaces to explore and discover, with God, in Christ and by the Spirit.  We are prone to weakness, we get tired and we rest in the Lord always and especially when we are exhausted from the times of a full life.  
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow and we receive comfort and sustaining grace when we suffer.

More Thoughts on Resting in God As You Anticipate New Things

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

Only in God do I find rest; my salvation comes from Him.

-Psalm 62:1 (HCSB, CEB)
Photo: Pixabay
Are you anticipating a move of God in your life?  Expectation is in the air.  You have your hopes up again.
These are some more thoughts of mine about how to live in this season.  Remember that everything we go through, is always about our relationship with God.  The process is of more importance to God than is the destination, because the process is about our relationship with Him.
Let that set in.  We want the position, the promotion, the success, to meet that person and marry them, or a hundred other destinations.  But God sees the process as the important part.
God has a destiny for us, a destination for us here.  But those destinations are always secondary to relationship with God.  We need to get this and then choose it.
If we do not understand and treasure the relationship we have with God and let the process of life enrich our relationship with Father, we may find ourselves at the destinations we have desired without intimacy with God.
Sometimes the breakthrough to someplace in your life requires you to go deeper into God, rather than God doing things for you, while you stay the same.  At a strategic time in my life, when I needed God to make it happen for me and lead me to open doors; He instead gave me Galatians 2:20, which reads:

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

That was not what I wanted to hear, but that is what God had for me.  I got zero breakthrough where I wanted, but God was preparing me for a different and better breakthrough, gift, or destiny in my life.  About 6 months after hearing Gal. 2:20 from God, as my word for that season, my life became massively disappointing.

My dad died and my life goals felt like a dead end.  But, about six months after my dad died, I met my wife and we had our first date on my dad’s birthday!  God took me through death, the death of my plans and my own dad’s death; and on the other side, brought me into new life that I have been living in ever since.

Christ is still living in me and I am still called to live my life by his faithfulness and through his love.  In everything that is coming, that is ahead; I see that I need to rest in God and let Him save me or deliver me.  When I am anxious or afraid, fearful or tired from worrying, I need to rest in God.

God might seem to say “no” to what we want, and we might be anxious about that.  But, God does not actually say “no” when we are asking for something good.  He calls us to walk with him, abide in him, and rest in him; towards the answers.

I wrote this on Holy Saturday, on Facebook:

Holy Saturday
Easter is about communion with, the dying of, the death of, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today is death day. It is tempting to fast forward from dying on Friday to resurrection on Sunday and skip the mourning and grief of Saturday.
Holy Saturday is about the space of loss and hope, the space of unknowing and disorientation, and the loneliness of letting go of one thing, before arriving at another. It is a very uncomfortable place where our faith is refined. In death, we may believe in resurrection, but we let go of knowing what it will look like.

Today, we let our faith go deeper and acquiesce to the mystery, and the ambiguity. We live with unknowns and walk with more questions than answers. We walk in the paradox of the already and the not yet. We resist the notion of having to understand or have things figured out, and instead yield to God, living in the moment, of uncertainty on the one hand, while receiving the loving embrace of Father on the other. We slow down, cease our striving, unbusy ourselves, and learn to be still and know that God is God, trusting our Father.

When we are in the “in-between”, we must lean into God, abide in Christ, and rest in the Lord.  Walking with the Lord, there is going to be some or a lot of disorientation and it is good, because it results in more of Him in my life.

Here are some more translations of Psalm 62:1

Part a:

  • Truly my soul waiteth upon God. (KJV)
  • My soul waiteth in silence for God only. (ASV)
  • To God alone is my spirit resigned. (AAT)
  • To God alone I commit myself silently. (Har)
  • Truly my soul looks in stillness to God. (Ber)
  • Only in God is my soul quieted. (ABPS)
  • Leave it all quietly to God, my soul. (Mof)
Part b:
  • My rescue comes from him alone. (Mof)
  • From him is my deliverance. (AAT)
  • From him comes my safety. (Jerus)

I Rest in God and My Salvation Comes From Him

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.
How long will you threaten a man?
Will all of you attack as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering stone fence?
They only plan to bring him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in lying; they bless with their mouths, but they curse inwardly.
Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
My refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him.
God is our refuge.
Men are only a vapor; exalted men, an illusion.
Weighed in the scales, they go up; together they are less than a vapor.
Place no trust in oppression, or false hope in robbery.
If wealth increases, pay no attention to it.
God has spoken once; I have heard this twice: strength belongs to God, and faithful love belongs to You, Lord.
For You repay each according to his works.
-Psalm 62
Photo: pixabay
I am living in and with the idea that God loves me and God is giving me His good gifts.  I know that this is something we see throughout the Bible.  Statements like, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”, “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it”, and “He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it” (Ex. 14:13 & 2 Chron. 20:17, Phil. 1:6, 1 Thess. 5:24), convey this idea.
Psalm 62 also captures this beautifully.  Verse one is my verse, but I think it is good to see the whole chapter, for context.  I rest in God and my salvation comes from Him.
We don’t strive for salvation.  We can’t earn it or buy it.  But we just have to receive it.
We need to be connected to God.  We need to be receptive and take hold of what God gives.  We need to catch it.
Salvation is an event and a process.  Salvation is going to heaven when you die.  We say, “Are you saved?”, or we say of a deceased person, “She was saved”; and we are talking about God’s salvation.  
The way of seeing it as a process, is that it is like when we get into the vehicle of salvation and that vehicle is taking us to heaven for the rest of our lives.  Event and process.  Along the way, we get transformed and ask for heaven to come to earth, before we get to heaven (“thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”).

I rest in God and my salvation comes from Him.

Salvation also means rescue, deliverance, safety, victory, or saving health (1).  Salvation is something we need, like David in Psalm 62, when we are in a crisis.  We, like David, pour our hearts out to God, saying, “God,  save me!”
When we cry out, for salvation, we are asking for deliverance or for God’s intervention.  We can say, with David, “I am at rest in God and my salvation comes from Him”.  That is faith, the faith I want to walk in.
That faith is an action, but it is not the action of faith that is going to make it happen.  Faith will not pay God or earn salvation.  Faith receives salvation by resting in God.

Faith is action first in the heart, that moves our body, and our whole self to put our everything on God; no holds barred.  For I rest in God and my salvation comes from Him.

Our faith for God’s working in our lives is expressed or acted upon by resting in God.  No striving, no earning, no paying for it.  As God’s children, we rest in God and God saves us, delivers us, gives us safety, and saving health.
This is what some of us are learning.
What does it mean to rest in God?  
  • Resting in God means to wait in the silence.  
  • Resting in God means to let your spirit be resigned to God alone.  
  • Resting in God means to commit yourself silently to Him.
  • Resting in God means your soul looks in stillness to God.
  • Resting in God means that your soul is quieted by looking to Him.
  • Resting in God means you leave all your problems to God, quietly.
1. Deliverance: Moffat, ISV, NET; Safety: Jerusalem Bible; Victory: NLT; Saving Health: Jubilee Bible 2000.

Waiting in silence

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
Psalm 62:1
Some notes from Spurgeon’s Treasury of David:

To wait upon God, and for God, is the habitual position of faith; to wait on him truly is sincerity; to wait on him only is spiritual chastity. The original is, “only to God is my soul silence.” The presence of God alone could awe his heart into quietude, submission, rest, and acquiescence; but when that was felt, not a rebellious word or thought broke the peaceful silence. The proverb that speech is silver but silence is gold, is more than true in this case. No eloquence in the world is half so full of meaning as the patient silence of a child of God. It is an eminent work of grace to bring down the will and subdue the affections to such a degree, that the whole mind lies before the Lord like the sea beneath the wind, ready to be moved by every breath of his mouth, but free from all inward and self caused emotion, as also from all power to be moved by anything other than the divine will. We should be wax to the Lord, but adamant to every other force.

Waiting on God alone:

  • for answers of prayer,
  • for performance of promises,
  • for deliverance from enemies, and out of every trouble.

My soul is silent: not as to prayer, but as to murmuring; patiently and quietly waiting for salvation until the Lord’s time come to give it; being subject to him…. resigned to his will, and patient under his afflicting hand: it denotes a quiet, patient waiting on the Lord, and not merely bodily exercise in outward ordinances; but an inward frame of spirit, a soul waiting on the Lord, and that in truth and reality, in opposition to mere form and show. (John Gill)
Waiting is nothing else but hope and trust lengthened. (John Trapp)

The Hebrew word used is hymwd dumijah, that is, silent, resting, expecting, reflecting, solicitous, and observing. (Thomas Le Blanc)

“Bear and forbear, and silent be, Tell no man thy misery;
Yield not in trouble to dismay, God can deliver any day.”
(Martin Luther)

I wondered because we feel the outpouring of grief into the heart of a friend to be so sweet. At the same time, he who talks much of his troubles to men is apt to fall into a way of saying too little of them to God; while, on the other hand, he who has often experienced the blessed alleviation which flows from silent converse with the Eternal, loses much of his desire for the sympathy of his fellows. It appears to me now as if spreading out our distress too largely before men served only to make it broader, and to take away its zest; and hence the proverb, “Talking of trouble makes it double.” On the contrary, if when in distress we can contrive to maintain calm composure of mind, and to bear it always as in the sight of God, submissively waiting for succour from him, according to the words of the psalmist, Truly my soul waiteth upon God.

Agustus F. Tholuck

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