“Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.”
It is truly wonderful when we can say that ‘the Lord has been good to me’ – when we know that something has taken place that is more than mere coincidence or good fortune – when we know that God has answered a prayer or saved a situation that troubled us.
The Psalmist has had such an experience and, on the basis of it, tells his soul to be at rest. Because God has shown His grace and favour to him, and because God does not change but is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, he knows that God is to be trusted. This is not the only time that such teachings occur in Scripture.
- God repeatedly told the Israelites to trust and obey Him on the basis of what He had already done for them.
- The psalmist again records God’s words –
- “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret …” (Psalm 37:7)
- “Be still, and know that I am God” ( Psalm 46:10)
- And Jesus taught His followers,
- “Do not worry ….. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33)
It is important that we recognise and remember the action of God in our lives. Not only do we need to thank Him for them but they also become a part of our foundation of faith in Him. The God who has blessed us will not suddenly abandon or ignore us. The God who went to such great lengths to bring about our salvation through the cross has invested Himself in us for all eternity.
Recollect things God has done for you or in you. Make a note of them.
Father help me to remember and recognise Your love at work in my life – and to trust You for my present and future. Amen.