This summer I spent some time reading and pondering over several of the Psalms. As I was reading Psalm 37, I noticed in verse 7,
“Rest (Be still) IN the LORD.“
Imagine yourself small and surrounded by His strong, loving arms that He wraps around you.
In other words,
- remain IN or intimate with Him through constant awareness of Him and obedience to His commands.
- Be still IN Him by trusting in His faithful love for you and His mighty Power to save.
- Rest IN Him knowing He’s got everything under control, and you can let it go.
As you abide IN Him, be still IN Him; rest IN Jehovah, you will find peace through surrendering to Him!
In the same verse,
“wait patiently FOR Him” can also be read “wait longingly for Him.”
How our hearts should long for Him, to see Him face to face!
But even as we dwell and rest IN Him,
IN His loving Presence,
in the here and now,
have a foretaste of His divine glory!
The LORD saves the righteous “because they take refuge IN Him.” Psalm 37:40
There it is again! It must be important!
We think of God as being a Person, but would it be too much of a stretch of the imagination to also consider Him a place (perhaps a Spiritual place, He being a Spirit), since He and His name are so much bigger than we are that we can run IN to Him and be safe?
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10 ESV
“You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalms 32:7 NASB
So, I’m having some random thoughts about this possibility.
- If we can run IN to Him, can we also run out of Him, or away from Him?
- Psalm 139 says, “You have enclosed me behind and before,” verse 5, and ” Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to Heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.”
- So, no. I cannot run from Him, because there is nowhere I can go that He is not there! (Jonah found that out the hard way!)
When I first realized how close God was to me, I found great comfort in that reality, because I already knew Him as my Savior.
Imagine my surprise when I heard that some people find this a frightening fact!
I suppose if a person recognizes his sinfulness and either does not know that Jesus died in his place to save him or refuses to repent of his sins, he would have a reason to be afraid.
But God has made a way
through the sacrifice of His Son
to bring us out of that fear
and into a place of peace and joy.
(John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9)
He has provided the pardon, and when we accept it, as His gift, He washes our sins away and makes us clean in His sight! Once we are forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ, we have no more reason to fear. His “perfect love casts out all fear”! (1 John 4:19)
That is why I can now rejoice IN Him!
“Sing for joy IN the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright.” Psalms 33:1 NASB