It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since my brother passed away. My mind raced all week, thinking about him constantly. I couldn’t get any rest in the days leading up to his death anniversary date (March13th). In many ways I’m still in shock, even a year later. This week however, I learned first hand what it means for God to give you rest. Not just rest in the physical, but, rest in your spirit.
This past Sunday the choir at my church ministered ‘My Help’ based on Psalm 121 and the comfort that this Psalm offers is immeasurable. It lets me know that God is my help and in that fact I can rest. Here are three key components in this Psalm to rest in:
God made heaven and earth (vs 2) - I hear you say what does this have to do with comfort? Everything! God is our creator and He made everything. Since He made everything, He’s in full and total control of everything! This is a fact you can rest in because no matter what your situation is, you can rest in the assurance that God is in full control. He created you and loves you with a special love that only He can provide. Even in the times that come and cause us to suffer loss, God is there to comfort us, His creation, in those times we need Him most.
God will not slumber or sleep (vs. 3-4) - The Word reminds us that the One who keeps us, will not slumber. Since God does not slumber or sleep, this means that we can! Those things that keep us up at night worrying, God lets us know that we can indeed go to sleep and rest, because He’s got it.
God is our keeper and our preserver (vs 5-8) - God keeps us and covers us from things we see and things we don’t see. He preserves us in every moment. We can find comfort in this fact as we go about our daily lives. Oh to be kept by Jesus! When you think you may crumble or fall apart because of grief, sadness, heartache, or whatever, God is right there to let us know that He’s got us, even when it doesn’t feel like it. God preserves us in our going out and coming in, He is always there.
God will do these things for us and provide comfort like no other but we have to ‘look to Him’ (vs 1). The psalmist declares, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills - from where does my help come from?” If you ever feel like you can’t see your help, just look to the Lord! Your help comes from the Lord! Help to make it through the day, help to rest at night, help to just be.
Although I miss my brother, I’m comforted in knowing that his soul is at sweet rest with Jesus.
Remember to rest in who God is and let it be a comfort to your heart and to your soul.