Monday, September 1, 2008

Quietness of heart #4

My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1

This is my wife’s life-verse. What might that imply about living with me? In any case, it's a great life-verse. Our souls do find rest in God alone. No one else can give our souls the rest we long for.

A hurricane of sin is raging over our world as never before, leaving a trail of destruction in human lives. In times like this, quietness of heart is not easy. But there is a peace that comes from beyond this world. God gives it, and to those who need it most.

Many reading this right now have been betrayed, cheated, slandered, robbed, divorced, molested, sued, abandoned, lied to, and just let down in various ways. Our souls have been shaken to the core. And rarely does the offender loop back and apologize. Typically, the offender finds a way to justify it. They have to live with their own conscience. So they add to their sin the further sin of blaming the one whom they have wronged. But what if they were to own up? Would it make everything better? We sinners just aren’t capable of restoring fully what our misbehavior has taken away. We are greatly capable of destruction but little capable of reconstruction. This is life in our fallen world, including life in the body of Christ. Our souls will find no rest here.

But God’s salvation brings real quietness of heart to real people living real lives in this real world. It’s what Psalm 62 is all about. The flipside of a sorrowful realism about sin is the wonderful discovery of a quietness of heart that comes from beyond this world. God is able to restore everything. The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before and blessed his latter years more than the former (Job 42:10, 12). And far more wonderfully, whatever God may ordain in this life, Christ is preparing an eternal place for us (John 14:3) where nothing impure will ever enter in (Revelation 21:27). No one else can do that for us. And nothing less will satisfy our souls.

Exhausted souls find rest only in God’s promises, his presence, his goodness, his faithfulness, his purity, his love, his beauty, his forgiveness, his nearness, his power, his wisdom, his sovereignty, his justice, his grace in Christ. It isn’t a technique. It’s a miracle.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8