A reflection on Psalm 62
1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.
5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:1-2; 5-8)
You can probably recall times of great tiredness… maybe a new born baby, maybe night shift work or a time of sleeplessness that left you… well.. very tired…
But there is a restlessness of soul also. It was St Augustine who said: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”
Here the Psalmist says that he finds rest in God alone, his salvation comes from Him. Later he says ‘find rest, o my soul, in God alone’ – I love the interaction he has with his own soul. Find rest my soul! Find your rest in God!
The problem is that we look for rest and satisfaction in all the wrong places… in work, in money, in possessions, even in people but they can never give us what only God can – rest for our souls.
He gives us this rest in Jesus – who is our Eternal Rest. Those who put their souls hope in Him will find a Rock, a Fortress, a Refuge that will never fail them. A God who we can as the Psalmist says “pour out our hearts to”.
This God is One Whom His people can trust, and never be shaken. Suffering will come, hardships… yes… but even death itself will only bring God’s people entry into His everlasting joy and rest.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.