Peaceful Distractions

3 How long will you assault me?
    Would all of you throw me down—
    this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 Surely they intend to topple me
    from my lofty place;
    they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
    but in their hearts they curse. Psalm 62:3-4

David is again addressing the rebellion. He knows that their time will end soon. In the context of the verses before and after, you can see why he’s in turmoil inside. His soul is not at rest but he longs for that in the midst of what’s happening around him.

We do this all the time, don’t we? We want to have peace and tranquility but there are just so many distractions, some good and some bad. They are distractions nonetheless.

We live in a world of constant distraction. Yet we still need to find peace. Even if we resolved some of the distractions, others would find us. So the key then is to somehow integrate the distractions into that peace and tranquility. Or better yet, inject the peace into our distractions.

What does that look like?

  • It’s praying for your co-workers as they talk to you.
  • It’s praying for the people in the accidents you see on the highway.
  • It’s crying out to God when you hear your son or daughter has run away.
  • It’s walking away from that conversation you know will get you in trouble if you pursue it.

The list of ways we can add peace to non-peaceful situations is endless. It takes a conscious effort to do that, but the “value” it brings to the situation is priceless.

Security of a Fortress

Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:2

The word picture once again and throughout the Psalms has been one of an impenetrable fortress. Try as the enemy might to bring the fortress down, it has been built to withstand the worst that the enemy could send its way.

As I look out my apartment window I see people running around, trying to make sense of this life. They flutter about here and there, hoping to get peace and security in a very shaky world. They get rocked by a divorce, unemployment, a death in the family, or any of the millions of trials that come their way. Their ground is unstable and unreliable. They need the security of a rock solid fortress.

If we have been consistent with our testimony and our walk with Christ, they will be able to find that fortress fairly easily. This is when all the sacrifices you made to make sure you were consistent will pay off.

As I’ve said in this space over and over again, people are watching. They want the real deal. When their chips are down, they’ll find you.

Continue to stand firm on the Rock of our Salvation.

Just Rest

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

Millions of people throughout the years have found rest for their souls in Jesus Christ. The rest they find is rooted in that salvation.

But there’s another rest too. We have a daily opportunity to lay it all before the Lord, because even in our Christian walk we can strive in ways we were never meant to. After a while we can think that the “works” we do are what pleases Him. In reality, though, the works are a byproduct of a life devoted to Christ. We don’t work because we have to but because we want to. When we lose sight of that is when our souls become weary and troubled. Burnout becomes real.

Today, if you do nothing else, learn this lesson. Take the time to rest in Him.

Just rest.

Promises Promises Promises

8 Then I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfill my vows day after day. Psalm 61:8

Have you ever been asked by a preacher to stand up or come forward if you are willing to do xyz? For instance, he just gave a moving message on local outreach, and then says, “if you’re willing to commit just one hour a week in reaching out to your neighbors, stand with me.” It’s usually presented in a way that makes you feel guilty if you don’t commit to it (and it’s spoken much more eloquently than I’ve presented here).

I rarely if ever make those kinds of stands or commitments even if the entire congregation is standing around me. Why? I always take my cue from Ecclesiastes 5:5 “It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.” Some could argue that I’m not allowing the Holy Spirit to move, and they may have a point. However, two months later when most people have forgotten what they’ve committed to, I’ve not broken a promise. Which is worse?

You see, I have a tendency to forget what I’ve promised. It’s not that I don’t want to fulfill it, it’s just that I forget. Or perhaps I’d like to do what is asked but I’m not gifted in that area.

I believe we have to be very careful what we promise to the Lord. Otherwise we get caught up in a works-oriented life that is not joyful nor honoring to God. I’m not at all saying NOT to promise anything, just be careful how much you promise.

Doing the Right Thing

Increase the days of the king’s life, his years for many generations.
May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever; appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him. Psalm 61:6-7

These two verses are a prophecy regarding the royal line of David. The prophecy was fulfilled in the birth of Christ. The Lord did protect the lineage of David. There were so many things that could have derailed that line but the Lord was faithful.

While David is, in essence, praying for himself and those who came after him, it’s still an important thing to pray for leaders who are currently in office.

No matter which party is in power, we all can agree that they need wisdom, because quite frankly, they don’t always make the wisest choices and for the best of reasons. They have highly paid lobbyists, constituents, internal power structures, budgetary constraints, and political peer pressure to NOT do what is right for their constituents.

They get criticized for whatever decision they make and are often in no-win situations. Granted, they aren’t to be pitied because they ran for office knowing many of the pressures that went along with the power, but still, they need wisdom to do the right thing. Focus in on a politician and pray for that person, then drop them a line letting them know you’ve done that.