Hungry For God – 2

Week Two: March 10th 2019

Finding Rest in God (Psalm 62)

Most of us find it difficult to be still before God.

We find that all sorts of thoughts come into our heads. A few of them may be from God, but most of them are our anxious minds spilling out into the stillness.

But here is the good news. The author of Psalm 62 hears God speak. He hears God say that God is loving. He hears God say that God is powerful. He hears God say that God will reward people for what they do.

These notes are to help you explore the weekly theme, please use them in your own time at home - why not try getting together with a friend or two - the idea is to discover God together.

Talk outline:

1. When the psalmist is still he hears God speak.

2. We are often worried or stressed, but we can pray exactly as we are.

3. The word for ‘rest’ can also mean ‘silence.’

4. It’s good to ask God for things, but sometimes it is best to be silent.

5. The person who wrote this psalm was in deep trouble. He trained himself to come before God and listen.

6. Finding rest in God does not mean that we do nothing, or that we switch off our minds. It means we are learning to trust God.

7. Resist the temptation to measure how well you are doing.

Finding Rest in God (Psalm 62)

Try these exercises at home, in housegroup or with friends ....

You may find it helpful to write down your thoughts in a notebook or on your electronic device, so you can see how you grow over the next seven weeks.

Find a place you can be s1ll. Take as long as you like: five to ten minutes is fine. Three minutes a day will do nicely. Don’t be put off by lack of time.

You will probably not complete the list at first. That’s fine – just stop and come back tomorrow. Rushing through a list will not help you to be still. Feel free to go back to the beginning at any time.

1. Read verses one and two a few times.
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.

2. Try to be quiet for a while.

3. If thoughts come into your head write them down, draw a picture of them, or just allow yourself to think them until you feel ready to put them down.

4. Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 until you feel you have been still, at least for a bit.

5. Read verses 5 and 6 to yourself, gently.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

6. Read verses 7 to 10, one at a time, taking time to be still between each verse.

7. Read verses 11 to 12 then pray a short prayer to God to respond to what you have done. Don’t undo the stillness by praying a long prayer.

8. If you want to, write down anything that you think you may want to remember.

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