“Joyful Rest in a Frantic World” 5/10/2023 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org

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Posted by Alister Begg  for  www.truthforlife.org

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Joyful Rest in a Frantic World


There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:6-8

The great majority of humans are striving after wind. We chase all sorts of things to satisfy our souls but keep ending up empty-handed. We wonder, “Who will show us some good?” Put differently, “Where can I find joy, meaning, and hope in the frenetic pace and frustrating pursuits of this life?”

Thankfully, the psalmist does not leave us to wonder about what we need most: “Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD.” The great need of David’s day—and our day, thousands of years later—is to embrace and be embraced by the living God. So David points out just how the greatest pleasures pale in comparison to finding the one true, living God. Abounding in life’s good gifts, be they grain or wine or anything else, is certainly no bad thing. But knowing God is infinitely, gloriously better.

How many people today live in the hope that the experience of tomorrow will bring the joy they seem to lack today? “Just a little more money; then I can be happy. Just a little more of this or that, and then I will be satisfied.” But it’s not the promise of a nicer car, a bigger house, a perfect spouse, or a better job that truly gives us lasting peace and rest. There is only one way to be able to lie down and sleep in peace, content and secure. What makes such rest possible? “You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Only when we find all we need in knowing the Lord and know that He is smiling at us will we be able to lie down without anxiety or regret.

As you lie on your bed at night and reflect on the day, or as all of tomorrow’s to-dos race through your mind, how will you hold it together? What will give you the stability and security that every human being in the world longs for? In the end, it won’t be the money in your account. It won’t be the home security system. It won’t be enjoying admiration from your community. It is the Lord alone who leads His beloved children to true peace, rest, and security. In the arms of the Good Shepherd, you can dwell in safety and rest in peace. Be sure, when you lie down tonight or when worries rear their heads today, to remember that the Lord loves you and is looking after you. That is where rest and peace are truly and eternally to be found.

Questions for Thought

How is God calling me to think differently?

How is God reordering my heart’s affections — what I love?

What is God calling me to do as I go about my day today?

Further Reading

Philippians 4:4-9

Topics: Anxiety, JoyPeace

Devotional material is taken from the Truth For Life daily devotional by Alistair Begg, published by The Good Book Company, thegoodbook.com. Used by Truth For Life with permission. Copyright © 2021, The Good Book Company.


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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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