Resting in the Lord: Reflecting on God’s Goodness During Difficult Times

 Vince Treadway – ACM Founder

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth (Psalm 37:7-9 KJV).

I was much in need of a “mental health” day last week, and so I did what I often do when I need to clear my mind, pray, and meditate, and that is go to my favorite park and walk. As I was walking along and talking with the Lord, I mentally began turning over and over several situations that I felt were worrisome. As I continued walking, the song from Mendelssohn’s Elijah came to my mind: “O rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him.”

For the rest of my walk, I either sang this song out loud or thought about it as I continued to pray and reflect on Scripture, and I found that it gave me great peace and restored a sense of calm to my spirit. While the problems that I was thinking about didn’t magically go away, my worrying about them did because I was reminded that God is in control of all things and that I need to trust Him to work things out according to His perfect plan.

Sometimes, it is so hard to wait on the Lord, isn’t it? I know I want an answer right now; I want the situation handled and settled. But God’s view of time is so very different from ours, and His perspective is so great and perfect that we cannot possibly understand why things aren’t done when we think they should be. I would encourage you to look to the promises in God’s Word for peace regarding those situations in your lives and ministries that are troublesome, and trust Him to work things out in His time.

I also realized what a blessing it is to sing God’s Word and to have it so implanted in our hearts and minds that the Holy Spirit can draw on it when we most need it! What greater gift can we give to our congregations, choirs, Sunday School classes, and all those to whom we minister than God’s Word in a song? While we can teach great and worthy music that is glorious and beautiful, there are no guarantees quite like the one God gives us when He says, “My Word shall not return void.” We can know that the songs we teach have scriptural settings and will pierce the heart of the learner and also the hearts of the hearers. Thus, without fail the music will accomplish God’s purposes. Glory be to God for this wonderful gift!

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11 KJV).