THE Place to Go

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 62:5-6)

 On Sundays after church we usually eat lunch at the same restaurant. For us this restaurant is “the place to go” for Sunday lunch.

   Our Bible verses urge us to go to God alone as THE source of our hope. I know this thought is not comfortable for some people because we live among lots of options and choices. You have choices of doctors, cell phone carriers, cereal, shampoo, and options for your car or computer. So, someone might reason this way: Isn’t God just one good option or choice among many?

   Let’s think logically on this one. Would you be willing to do that? Look again at the Bible verses at the top of this post. The verses give us 5 compelling reasons God alone is THE source of our hope.

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First, our soul finds its rest in God (“find rest, O my soul, in God alone”). The word “rest” here carries the idea of stillness. Have you ever noticed how we tend to view action as the way to deal with life’s problems? If we’re sick we go to the doctor. If we’re short on money we go to the bank for a loan. If we have marriage problems we go to a counselor. We fall into the trap of believing that “going,” “doing something” is the best way to solve life’s problems.

   Psalm 46:10 teaches us to “Be still and know that I am God.” Taking time to be still before God allows us to cease being busy long enough to hear God speak wisdom to us.

   Second, God is your sure foundation (“He alone is my rock”). Life can throw some bad stuff at us—severe depression, the death of a spouse, a failed marriage, a child born with a disability, a child sentenced to jail time, are just a few examples. Big blows like these can knock you down and sweep your emotions out of control. But when your trust is in God you are standing on a rock.

   Third, God is your salvation (“my salvation”). This assurance is a reminder of God’s wonderful love for us. When you aren’t sure of God’s love for you, think about a Bible verse, Romans 5:8: “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” God didn’t send Jesus to die for us because we were good enough, but simply because He loved us.

   Fourth, God is watching over you (“he is my fortress”). A fortress is a place of exceptional security and protection. This is why early settlers built forts. In your darkest hours God is protecting you, watching over you. He will never abandon you.

   Fifth, God helps you keep your wits about you (“I will not be shaken”). Has anyone ever said to you, “Keep your cool”? Most likely you were told that when you were facing a situation that had great potential for making you feel panicked, overly anxious, or flustered. When you walk with God He helps you keep your mind clear and helps you discern the proper course of action. When you trust God you won’t end up like the words of Elvis Presley’s song—“I’m all shook up.”

   When I consider these 5 compelling reasons I understand better why Psalm 62:5 says, “My hope comes from him.” He really is THE one to turn to.

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