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Yes, my soul, find
rest in God; my hope comes from Him.Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be
shaken.My salvation and my honor depend
on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for
God is our refuge.
One of the things I enjoy most about being a dad is when my
kids come up to me and throw their arms around me longing to get a some loving
from daddy.Sometimes it’s a simple hug
or they ask me to pick them up while hugging them.I love doing both.I never get tired of them wanting daddy to
embrace them.It will never get old.I love it!What I also cherish are the times they come sit by me on the couch or
they nestle their head on me if we’re out somewhere together.Sometimes, they just want me to hold them or
they just want to rest on me gently.Whatever it may be, I cherish those opportunities.
Every time I think about them doing this, I tend to tear up
and get an emotional feeling of overwhelming thankfulness because they want
daddy.I am so thankful they still want
to come to daddy to rest in my embrace.I am a refuge to them, not necessarily when they are in trouble, but
just moments where they want to snuggle up to me.I will never turn that away.It’s one of the moments I most cherish about
my kids.And, I always think to myself,
“God, why do they love me so much like
this?I don’t deserve it!”I used to ask them, “Why do you want me?” They would simply reply, “I don’t know.I just do”.
God wants us to feel much the same way toward Him as my kids
do to me.God opens His embrace to me
each and every day.So often I just need
to rest in His embrace and be in His presence.Not always for comfort from trouble, but just to rest in Him.I love to rest in knowing He’s there for
everything with me.
Years ago, the Christian rock group Skillet came out with a
song called “Rest”.It was a favorite song of mine and
describes the simple longing to come to our Father to rest in Him.Here are some of the lyrics:
And I rest in the
shelter of Your love
And I rest in the wonder of Your grace
And I rest in the shelter of Your love
And I rest in the wonder of You
Take all the old and
You make it new
Everything I give to You
You're the hope that can pull me through
When is the last time you rested in the arms and embrace of
our Heavenly Father?We need rest and He
is there for anything we need.
I take joy in doing
your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”I have told all your people about your
justice.I have not been afraid to speak
out, as you, O Lord, well know.I
have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked
about your faithfulness and saving power.I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and
One of the commercials on TV that has caught my attention is
from Mazda.Every car company has some catchy
slogan as a way of drawing us in to experience something great with their
vehicles.Well, with Mazda, my attention
was drawn to their slogan of “Feel Alive”.
We all want to feel alive, don’t we?We want to feel excitement in our lives and
experience a life like no other.We want
to experience great things in our lives and enjoy the great moments.Who wouldn’t??We all want to experience great things.As I kept thinking about that phrase, “Feel Alive”, I could not help but to
consider the lives we have in Christ.Jesus Christ truly gives us joy like no other.No matter what the world tries to offer us,
there is absolutely no greater joy than serving Him and knowing Him.He gives us the joy to truly “Feel Alive”!
Do you want to really feel alive?Well, as much as I like Mazda’s slogan
because it is catchy, I really doubt that will “Feel Alive” just by purchasing their vehicles.There is no material possession that can give
me an alive feeling more than knowing Jesus Christ.Nothing.
Do you want to feel alive?Do you want to experience a joy that is greater than any experience the
world can offer?No doubt we can enjoy
many things in life, but there is no lasting joy like what Jesus can do for
us.The world cannot and will never be
able to compare to Him.Do we take great
joy in doing God’s will?Do we take
great joy in obeying Him?Do we take
great joy in following what He calls us to do?Do we take great joy in speaking out for Him, spreading His Good News
and proclaiming His faithfulness?
Friends, the only way to really “Feel Alive” is to know the joy that comes from the Lord.There is no everlasting joy except through
Him.Whatever so-called joy you might be
trying to find in the world, you won’t find it.It will always fail you in some way.The only true joy that makes us feel truly alive is through Christ.This doesn’t mean that life will be peachy
and roses when we do follow Christ.He
never promised a life of no problems.However, through those times of trouble, we can find true joy and
comfort in Him.
God is our refuge and
strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains
fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the
mountains quake with their surging.
I need constant reminders in my life because there are many
things I tend to forget.There are
things I need reminded about at my work place.I have to make notes and be reminded by my boss and co-workers so that I
don’t forget certain duties.I need to
be reminded by my wife and my girls of things that I forget with my home
life.They also help me to remember
things I have forgotten about events coming up and things we have planned to
There are commercials on TV often that I see of a supplement
to improve memory and I think I need it!I think most of you out there could relate to me, regardless of your
age.We easily forget things.We need constant reminders.I not only need reminders of things I forget
to do, but I also need reminders daily of things I don’t need to worry
about.All my life, I have been guilty
of often being a worry-wart.I really do
not like that fact about myself, but I just have to deal with it daily and try
each day to be better about it.
I often find myself not only needing reminding about things
I need to do, but also needing reminded of the powerful strength of God in my
life and all that He can do and still does!My precious wife has to repeatedly remind me that He is in control and I
need to stop worrying about things of the future.God calls out to me daily in many ways to
remind me that He is bigger than anything in the world and He can handle
everything in my life.I just need to
take a chill pill and let Him be in control of my life.
Friends, we have absolutely nothing to fear in life.We don’t need to worry.We so often forget that God is way bigger
than anything that can scare us or worry us in life.He cannot be outdone!Nothing can be bigger than Him or overtake
Him!We all need to be reminded daily
that He is our refuge and strength.He
is our security when we don’t feel safe.He is our Rock to lean on.He can
handle everything that we cannot.
I hope and pray that today and every day we will be reminded
that God is Almighty God.We can rest in
Him, knowing that He is in total control.So many things are going on around us in our lives, often at the speed
of light.However, He reminds us that
He is in control and that we just need to trust and put our hope in Him as our
refuge and strength.He is our help in
ever-present trouble.He is always will