A restored sould in Psalms - Applying the Rest Principle

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25 April, 2021Sonya BertramA restored soul in psalms

Psalms 62:5-8

(New International Version)

5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;

  my hope comes from him.

6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

  he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

7 My salvation and my honour depend on God[a];

  he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

8 Trust in him at all times, you people;

  pour out your hearts to him,

  for God is our refuge.

How BUSY are we in our weeks and by being BUSY adds stress in life and our inability to “be still” in God’s presence to allow God’s still, quite voice to speak to us in the silence and quite moments – we can’t because there are none! We fill every moment, every minute with doing things, thinking things, speaking things and on and on.

The way each person rests may look different, but the point is to do something that would cause you to feel refreshed and glorify God as a result.

We don’t rest because work is bad. In fact, rest should make us even more fruitful in our work. We rest because rest allows us to enjoy God and honor our limits and God’s design for us as finite beings. Rest allows us to enjoy work and glorify God when we do work. May we labor and serve God’s Kingdom with all our might, but learn how to rest so we sustain our pace for the long run! Thank You Jesus, You are our rest!

 

Life Group Questions

INTRODUCTION:

If you google “rest from work” or relaxation you will find a stream of articles that say pretty much the same thing. Rest is important for both body and/or soul. I am glad the world is catching up with the Bible! The Bible has been talking about the importance of rest since Genesis 2 and that is a long time ago.

Today we will be looking at the theme verses for this year Matthew 11:28-30. In these verses, Jesus gives us this wonderful command/promise.” Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.

Read Matthew 11:28-30

Read also Matthew 23:1-4 which is part of a critique on the teaching of the Pharisees and teachers of the law.

QUESTION 1:

What are the things that weary and burden you?

QUESTION 2

Jesus says, “come to me”. Do you come to Him? What stops you from coming?

QUESTION 3

A yoke is an instrument of burden. Why would taking up a yoke, even Jesus’ yoke give us rest?

QUESTION 4

What does it mean to “learn from me”?


QUESTION 5

Taking a period of physical rest (i.e., the Sabbath) is an important theme in the Old Testament.

Could there be a link between a physical Sabbath rest and a spiritual rest?

QUESTION 6

How can we use these verses to help us in our everyday life?


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