Rest My Soul

Written by: Jason Herbig

Ps 62:1 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

I’ve got a confession to make.

Several weeks ago, my worship team was going to introduce a song by Tim Timmons called “Rest My Soul” (which I heard at the Experience Conference last year along with Tim’s incredible testimony…but that’s not really the point of this). So on that Saturday, I sat down to write out my thoughts for an introduction to the song and as I thought about resting my soul in God, it occurred to me that I had been so busy week that week that I really hadn’t spent a lot of quality time with my God. I had done a lot of things for him, but ironically I had neglected to rest my soul in him or really let him speak into my life.

And while I’m confessing, I should probably let you all know that this isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, if I’m not vigilant this could probably be every week. I am a natural Martha.

You know that story about Mary and Martha, right? Martha and her sister Mary have Jesus over for dinner and while Martha is busy getting everything ready, Mary just sits and listens to Jesus talk. And when Martha complains, Jesus tells her that Mary has made the better choice. It’s so easy for me to get wrapped up in the preparations of ministry or a service and not take the time to listen and rest my soul in God.

I love the way Psalm 62 ends:

11 One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, 12and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done.”

It’s a reminder that God is all-powerful – he’s literally the boss of power. And the boss of power loves me with an unfailing love. So what do I really have to worry about?

But then he “rewards” us for what we do. And when I read those words that fateful weekend, it hit me. What is my “reward” for getting all my preparations done and all the busy work that kept me from connecting with God? Exhaustion, stress, anxiety over how my worship comments were going to turn out and what the congregation would think about me. But what’s my “reward” if I choose with Mary? Rest, assurance, peace, the Word of life, and probably a lot more experiences of God to share from.

As we’re getting ready to lead our teams and serve our churches this week, let’s make sure we’re finding ways to rest our souls in God. Don’t let your preparations distract you from the only thing that is truly needed. And if you’re looking for a little extra helping of rest and hearing from God, consider joining us this September at Experience. We have a whole community of worship leaders that want to encourage you, build into you, and help you experience God in fresh ways. I look forward to seeing you there!