Psalm 62:1-8 (NIV)

1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.  3 How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down– this leaning wall, this tottering fence? 4 They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. “Selah” 5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.  8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. “Selah”   

Psalm 62:1 (NIV)

1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

DEVOTION – DeVonna R. Allison (Michigan)

When I was in the Marines, I was required to carry heavy equipment or supplies strapped to my back.   I remember distinctly the feeling of lightness and relief when I was allowed to lay burden down.  Suddenly, I felt light as a feather.

We carry through this world two types of burdens: physical and spiritual.  Physical burdens weigh us down, sap our strength, and weary our bodies.  Spiritual burdens – worries, fears, sorrows – weigh us down mentally and emotionally.  Psalm 62:8 points the way for us to lay down our spiritual burdens and find rest for our souls.

How do we enter into the soul’s rest that the psalmist writes about?  Through our relationship with God.  By trusting in God and pouring out our hearts to God in prayer, we find comfort, peace of mind, and freedom from fear and worry.  Then we lay our burdens down and go on our way, lightened, refreshed, and encouraged.

Remember:  God already knows what is in our hearts, so we are not informing the Lord of our cares and burdens when we seek God in prayer.  We are laying our burdens upon the Lord so that we no longer need to carry them ourselves.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God invites us to lay down our burdens.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us to take full advantage of your offer of rest for our souls; remind us that when we rest in your strength, nothing can shake us.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: MILITARY VETERANS

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