Focus: The ‘rest’ in restoration
Psalm 3:2-5 (NKJV) Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah (or, think about that)—But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah—I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘restoration’? If you were to imagine a scene of ‘restoration’, what would it look like?
Some would say, ‘a waterfall hidden in the depths of a deep green forest’, others might say, ‘me at the mall with a blank check’. For some it might be imagining themselves with a good book, a cup of coffee, and nothing else on the schedule. But, for a person who is having trouble getting through a day, it could be the luxury of being burrowed beneath the covers in a quiet darkened room—resting.
For restoration to take place in a person’s life, a primary factor is found in the word, ‘restoration’. It is ‘rest’.
In recovery from depression and addiction, we consider many things. We face our failure and do our best to stabilize with the help of God. With the guidance of God, we assess the damage and try to work through fixing what can be salvaged. We attempt to create new and better habits that bring balance and make sense. But, a primary need of any person who is struggling emotionally—is to receive the repair that can only come through rest and quiet time.
In Psalm 3:2-5, we see King David making an important declaration. First of all, he states the fact that everyone around him is predicting his failure. Not only are they saying he is in a desperate spot—they are saying not even God can help him. To be in a place where everyone who knows you is saying you are beyond the help of God, is to be in a pretty terrible state.
David knew his situation was grim, too. He was running for his life—being hunted by his own son who wanted to kill him. He probably wasn’t getting much rest as he tried to stay out of sight and find places to hide. We know from the context of this scripture that David was surrounded by thousands of people who had set themselves against him. Yet, David knew his hope was in God.
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David not only chose not to be afraid, but he declared the Lord as his ‘shield’. He made the faith statement that almighty God was literally between himself and those who pursued him. He acknowledged God as the one who was able to give him hope and encouragement. He also cried to the Lord with his voice. David didn’t just think to himself—boy, am I in a tough spot…sure would be nice if God would show up and get me out of this mess. He didn’t offer up a silent prayer, or ‘whisper hope’. He cried to the Lord with his voice. He called out loud to God for help.
After David praised God by making declaration of the Lord’s ability to provide him with protection and expressed his desire of God’s help verbally—David was flooded with the peace and security he needed in order to lay down and sleep. David had many needs at that moment, but the greatest need he had was to release his situation to the Lord and receive rest. David awoke with more faith than he had when he went to sleep, because upon waking—he realized that while he was sleeping the Lord had sustained him. He was grateful to God not only for allowing him to sleep—but, that God had taken care of his problems during a period when he was vulnerable to his enemies.
It takes faith to go to sleep at the end of the day when you have a lot on your plate. You look at everything that is ‘not done’ and you might be tempted to think—I’d better stay up and finish this stuff. But, sometimes you come to a place where you can’t go on in human strength and you just have to do as David did—just give it to God and go to bed.
Getting things done can give you some satisfaction—but it will not restore you. You can’t continue to push yourself beyond normal limits and not take time to let your physical body and mind become restored. Rest is a primary need of the human body, just like food and water. ‘Resting’ accomplishes much more than renewing our store of physical energy—it replenishes our mind, our will, and our emotions. It’s impossible to function on physical energy alone.
When your body is just plain tired, your mind is in a weakened condition, also. In a place of mental exhaustion, it’s easy to have a distorted point of view. You may believe people are against you or ‘out to get you’…when nothing of the sort is true.
Declaration: I will find new strength by releasing my situation to the Lord. I will trust God to bring the positive outcome I need while I do my part by getting some rest.
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