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Biblical Rest Offers Deeper Hope than Today's Mindfulness Trend

(Psalm 62:1-2) A powerful Psalm shows the secret of finding rest in a chaotic world.
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Often when I’m stressed, I like to be busier, not quieter.

I think heavily and talk more.

Being still or silent before God is not always my first inclination.

My soul, wait in stillness, only for God—
from Him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress—I will never be moved.

Psalm 62:1-2 (TLV)

The NIV translates “wait in stillness” as “rest,” which does reflect the idea pretty well. The Hebrew behind the text, though, describes the soul waiting in “silence.”

And in this silence, the Psalmist reflects on the source of their salvation and security.

"it’s planting the flag of our soul on the Mountain of God"

Right now, think about all the things which steal your silence before God…

  • Financial security
  • Stresses surrounding you
  • Personal faults
  • Future plans
  • Family worries
  • Pandemic and political upheaval

We often dwell on these things, but are we making time for our souls to be silent?

Biblically, rest is not the absence of all things.

Nor is it a repackaging of the new mindfulness trend.

Instead, it’s planting the flag of our soul on the Mountain of God and declaring, “Here’s where I find my rest and hope,” in the midst of a chaotic world.

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