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Psalm 62:7

‘On God rests my deliverance and my honour; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.’ (Psalm 62:7. NRSV)

The psalmist’s deliverance and honour ‘rests’ on God. Resting here suggests to me complete reliance upon, and dependence in. It is like having all your eggs in one basket, in God, nowhere else.

As Christians we are to live from a place of rest in God, not of striving to reach a place of rest.  We cannot be saved from our sins by striving, or be baptised in the Holy Spirit by striving.  Those things only happen by the grace of God, so we need to rest in and trust him in all things.

I can definitely say that I agree with this.  Jesus delivered me from my sins when I came to know him.  He has delivered me from attacks of the enemy over the years and also very recently.  I know that I can trust him to do it because he is able!

My honour also rests in him alone, the way that God has made some introductions recently (via Twitter) is really amazing.  We should never apologise for being ourselves, but should try to be who God has called us to be.  As long as we do this we can leave the rest to him and God will ‘exalt you in due time’ (1 Peter 5:6 NRSV).

God is the mighty rock, the bedrock, on which we stand – Jesus is that bedrock. My refuge is also in him, regardless of whatever else is happening I can always run to him for safety and security.

Father God, thank you that all we need is in you.  And thank you most of all for Jesus who did everything that we could not, so that we could enter into your rest. In his name we pray. Amen.

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Psalm 62:2

‘He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.’ (Psalm 61:2 NRSV)

David thinks of God alone as his rock, salvation and fortress. We need to be like David and look only to God for our salvation and safety.

We can only look to God for our salvation, because as Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.’ (John 6:68 NRSV)The bedrock of faith is that Jesus is the Messiah, God’s anointed eternal King (see Matthew 16:16).

God is also our fortress – we live in a secure place if we live in him.  If we know these three truths then we ‘shall never be shaken’.  God calls us to be unshakeable in our faith in him.  Not because of who we are, but because of who he is and what he has done for us.

In hard times we only need to hold onto one thing that is true about God, and God will hold onto us.  During drought trees and plants may not have leaves, but their roots will be going down ever deeper in search of ground water.  Likewise, when out of season we may bear no visible fruit or even feel we are growing, but will be growing in depth as we put our roots down into him.

Lord Jesus, help me to trust only you for my security and for my salvation, knowing that in you I cannot be shaken.  In your name.  Amen.