This morning I came across Psalm 62:1 in my devotional reading for the day. It’s a short and simple verse:My soul waits in silence for God alone;From Him comes my salvation.
And I realized that my soul is NOT waiting in silence for God alone. It is loud and kind of sick feeling and is waiting impatiently for everything. EVERYTHING seems to be up in the air. It all makes me restless, impatient and weary.
And when I come to times of life like this, I have to lean on the old ways. Go back to the old paths. I have to meditate on the truth. So I pulled out my Bible journal and started where I usually do, on looking closely at the words.
After looking up the words, I highlighted the ones that really stood out. Then I went to Matthew Henry’s commentary and Charles Spurgeon’s notes (both free on Blue Letter Bible) and wrote out some of their thoughts. I love listening to the voices of people who are far removed from modern culture, but also struggled with the same basic things we are struggling with.
Tomorrow I’ll continue my meditation on this verse with a simple method I keep on a sticky note inside my Bible Journal. I’ll work through what this verse says about my God, my sin, my need, His grace, and how it applies to my life.
If you find yourself in a similar place of confusion, noise, and a restless soul, find a verse to start meditating on. And maybe you (like me) also need to purposefully shut out some of the noise of the world. Maybe for a day, or maybe for the rest of the week. Sign out of social media, stop checking the news sites every hour, and just let your mind be quiet. It’ll all still be there later.
Rest in silence my soul. Rest in God alone, regardless of what is going on in the world. Because the Creator and Savior is on the throne.