Hello, my friend. So the days, weeks and months fly by. We reflect on these recent weeks and can surely say, with David the Psalmist in the beginning of our PSALM 62 for today, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Or as Eugene Peterson intriguingly puts it in his Bible version, The Message: “ God, the one and only–I’ll wait as long as He says. Everything I need comes from Him, so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, an impregnable castle: I’m set for life.”
That’s not a smug assumption, it is a strong assertion that God alone is enough. David repeats these first verses again in the middle of the chapter, so valuable are the truths they contain. You’ll find in the NIV how he says, in vs. 1, “My soul finds rest in God alone;” and in vs. 5, having been reminded of the truth of that fact, he says, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone.” In other words it’s one thing to believe that God alone can give us rest, and it’s quite another thing to act upon that belief.
I’ve reminded my students so often that belief is much more than assent to Biblical doctrine. Faith is made up, indeed, of belief in revealed truth, but it also includes trust in a revealed God. The first is intellectual, academic, an acquaintance with creeds. And one can read them, and repeat them, and even study the Creeds and yet never genuinely be a truly committed Christian. The first, belief, is the foundation of life. And the second, trust, is the evidence of life. You cannot have the second without the first, altho’ you can have the first without the second. Belief is the premise of our faith, and trust is the proof of our faith. We rejoice in both, the person who is justified by faith is truly alive. (Romans 1:16,17).
And I love verse 8 in our Psalm for today, “Trust in him at all times, O People; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” And he rejoices there in vs. 11, “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong and that you, O Lord are loving.” The foundation of our faith is strong, as we believe in the Word of God. And the fruit of our faith is love, as we share the Word of God.
“Thank you, Lord, for the privilege we have of just brooding and pondering your word. I am so thankful for friends who have encouraged me by sharing their thoughts and their loving encouragement on the journey. Bless the one who at this moment is along on the journey of faith, with peace and love and joy. And we pray for some in urgent need at this time. You are indeed the One and Only.”
Thank you, fellow-pilgrim, for bringing encouragement on the journey. Cheerio!
These meditations on the Psalms were written by Village Schools of the Bible Founder, Monty Sholund and first published in book form as Monty’s Musings on the Psalms in 2000. Copies are available for $10 and can be ordered here.
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