“How lovely is Your dwelling place O Lord Almighty!”. Like the psalmist we too long and almost faint to be in God’s presence. ” Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere.”. Again, like the psalmist, we too are blessed when we rest in God.
Sabbath – the idea of resting for a day, in His presence, to be renewed and refreshed both physically and spiritually. To almost all Christians, we look at the idea of Sabbath as an ideal place, far, far away. It is far away because of the schedules we keep and because of the demands we place or allow upon our time and upon ourselves. I am as guilty as anyone.
A man in our small group shared yesterday that he had been keeping the Sabbath for a while now. After church he goes home and does no work. The yard, the chores, the cleaning all get done on days other than Sunday. He shared that his time of rest and time with God really does renew and refresh him. Sounded like a day he guards pretty closely. I am kinda jealous.
In order to give God a day requires trusting Him. He is in control – do we trust Him like we believe He is in control? It also requires some planning and effort on our part because the yard, the laundry… all need to get done. We do have a hand in allowing ourselves the Sabbath.
If we can set aside a day for Sabbath, we will find joy and pleasure resting in God. We will be renewed by our time in His presence. We will be more connected to our Creator. Reports are this one day makes the other six so much better. This week, may we all find our Sabbath.
Scripture reference: Psalm 84: 1-3 and 6-12