40 Days in the Psalms – Day 28

Ps 127 – “It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know that GOD enjoys giving rest to those he loves?”

Work. Work. Work.

It’s so deeply ingrained in so many of us that we hardly know how to relax. Too many things to do. Too much on our minds. Just one more task to finish. Another project to take care of. The very idea of “rest” seems elusive.

Yet the Psalmist says that GOD enjoys giving rest. This challenges me at two levels.

RestFirst, it reminds me that productivity and achievement in the workplace is not the single goal of life.

Second, the Psalmist’s reminder that GOD enjoys giving rest also challenges my unspoken assumption that if I have spare moments I should utilize them fully in serving GOD — working for GOD. After all, I’m told, “Idle moments are wasted ones. A lost world needs more urgent, more devoted, more energetic, and more engaged Christians. We have no time to lose. This is no time to relax. What could be more glorious than to burn out for Jesus?”

A dear friend of mine is burned out right now, and it’s not at all glorious. It’s demoralizing; for him, for his family, and for those around him.

GOD enjoys giving rest. He not only gives us permission to stop; He has commanded it (in the Sabbath). We surely offend Him with our frenetic schedules, jammed calendars, and workaholism. There. I said it. The “w” word. The word that should only be admired may in fact describe a pathology, a sickness among us.

Restfulness (not laziness) may be our greatest productivity at times. May you find some rest today — and experience His pleasure.

Breath Prayer for the Day: “Let me rest in You, Lord.”

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4 Responses to 40 Days in the Psalms – Day 28

  1. Sue Blake says:

    The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth, all our work adds nothing to it

  2. Elaine Wilson says:

    It’s been a particularly difficult past 48hrs. Stress related to serious illness, fractured relationships and death have all crossed our path. As I was coming to terms with ‘taking a day of rest and restoration tomorrow’, I opened your email. Thank you for the God breathed reminder and timely encouragement. It takes courage and discipline to obey and say, “I’m going to rest’. …I rest knowing our Lord knows best.

    \Love you big brother!

    • David Timms says:

      Praying for you this morning, Elaine — that you have received the grace of rest. I know how much you pour yourself out for others. Much love to you, too.

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