Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rest Before God

"Never doubt.  Have no fear.  Watch the faintest tremor of fear, and stop all work, everything; and rest before Me until you are joyful and strong again.
Deal in the same way with all tired feelings....
Do not seek to work for Me.  Never make opportunities.  Live with Me and for Me.  I do the work and I make the opportunities."  -- A.J. Russell, God Calling
I have to confess.  I don't know how or what it is to "rest" in this way.  I have an overactive thinking kind of brain that if I'm awake, it's working.  So, I don't know how to get it to rest.

As I pursued rest in some illusive resting-before-God place this hymn popped into my head out of the blue:
Guide me O Thou Great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak but Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, Bread of Heaven
Feed me 'til I want no more.
Feed me 'til I want no more.
Open now the crystal fountain,
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fire and cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, Strong Deliverer
Be Thou still my strength and shield;
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death and hell's destruction,
land me safe on Canaan's side.
Songs of praise, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.  (Click here for a midi-tune to accompany)

Perhaps resting with God can come in the midst of humming a meaningful hymn?

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