March 3, 2017 • Life for Leaders
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.
Psalm 62 begins with David’s expression of confidence in God as he waits in silence for the one who is the source of his salvation (62:1). But then, after David remembers those who seek to bring him down through slanderous lies (62:3-4), his tone changes slightly. Now he speaks to himself, literally, to his own “soul” (nefesh): “Yes, my soul, find rest in God” (62:5).
How can David expect to have rest in the midst of cacophonous attacks against him? How can he wait patiently for the Lord when, surely, his soul feels an urgent need for divine assistance? David’s quiet waiting depends on his faith in and knowledge of God. He knows the Lord to be his hope, his rock, his salvation, and his fortress. Thus, he urges his soul to rest in the confidence of God’s presence, strength, and care.
Though we might not be in precisely the same predicament as David once found himself, we all know the feeling of desperation as life turns against us. Perhaps we have just heard a dire medical report. Or maybe we fear for one of our children who have made some terrible choices. Or it might be that your boss has just let you know that you might lose your job. Or your workload is overwhelming and you don’t know how you’re going to do all that you have to do. Or . . . there are thousands of other situations that cause our pulse to race. We need God’s help … now! Yet, often, his timing isn’t what we would prefer, and we find ourselves, like David, telling our souls to “wait quietly before God.”
To be sure, this is not easily done in times of trial. But we will find the confidence to be patient and still when we remember who God is and what he has done for us. We can rest in God because “truly he is [our] rock and [our] salvation; he is [our] fortress, we will not be shaken” (62:6).
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
When have you found it difficult to wait upon God and his deliverance?
What helps you to wait on him, even quietly?
Are you struggling right now to wait on God? Will you talk to God about this?
Gracious God, you know how difficult it can be for us to wait on you. In trying times, we want you to do something right away. Sometimes your timing can seem impossibly slow. We can even wonder if you’re there at all, or if you care for us.
In these times, help us, dear Lord, to wait upon you. Help us not just to wait, but also to wait quietly, in the peace of trusting you. Remind us by your Spirit of who you are and what you have done for us. Renew us with confidence in your faithfulness. May we put our hope in you, and thus find the strength to wait. And in our waiting, please make yourself known to us in a deeper and truer way. Amen.
Explore more at the Theology of Work Project online Bible commentary: What the Farmer Said
Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.