Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. – (Psalm 116:7, NLT)
My soul, relax! The Lord is caring for you. – (Psalm 116:7, ERV)
I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings.” – (Psalm 116:7, MSG)
In the midst of our struggles or the peak of our pain, is often the time when we need most to be reminded of the Lord’s goodness and care for us. A cliché offering of thoughtlessly uttered words does not typically bring rest to a soul stirred up. However, when someone comes alongside us and remains present in our pain and near in our need, we become acutely aware of the goodness of God. As we see and experience His blessings made tangible, it is far easier to slow down and relax and rest in His goodness. Our focus fixes back on Him, rather than that which diverted our attention in the first place. May we relax and rest in the Lord, for He has been good to us, no matter the obstacles before us.
O soul, be at rest,
For the Lord is good;
His care is present,
And grace understood.
Despite what we face,
His presence is near;
He will provide rest,
As we release fear.
Embrace the blessings,
He tangibly gives;
Each day that we live.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can rest and relax in You because You care for us and shower us with Your blessings. Thank You that You make Your goodness tangible in ways our hearts can grasp. Forgive us for allowing our circumstances to steal our rest in You. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would fix our eyes on Your goodness that knows no end, rather than our trial that is temporary. Show us how to love well all those whom You place around us, so that we may make Your goodness tangible to others. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we rest and relax in You because You are always good. Amen.
Answer me O Lord, out of the goodness of Your love; in Your great mercy turn to me. – Psalm 69:16