“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” – Psalm 62:1-2
“You will say in that day, ‘I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. Behold! God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD God is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.'” – Isaiah 12:1-2
Another Sabbath rest stop on our Lenten journey. We were reminded last week that Sabbath is more than rest and refreshment. It is also about taking some time to refocus. David tells us in the Psalm above that his soul waits for God “alone”. In David’s life there was only room for one King! He had learned from experience that there was no other Rock…no other Refuge and no other place to find salvation. In all of his ups and downs as a fugitive and a King he never went to another source for help. This, I believe, was just one of the reasons he is described as a “man after God’s own heart”.
Isaiah found the same benefit in focusing on the Lord as his source for comfort and strength. Like David, he knew his weaknesses and his tendency to get distracted, but he also knew that his salvation was from God alone. Only God could calm his fears and give him a song in times of trouble. God was more than the source of his salvation, God was his salvation!
On this Sabbath take time to wait for God alone to refresh your spirit. Acknowledge with David and Isaiah that He is your only source of strength and comfort. Take a few minutes and try writing your own psalm to the Lord as a “thank you” for being your salvation and giving you new life in Him. Then present it to the Lord.