8.08.2010

Rest

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee...”  Saint Augustine


Today is Sunday, and it is also the last weekend before the chaotic beginning of the new semester for us.  So I wanted to highlight a key concept to both walking by faith, and to longevity of ministry...resting.  And I don't mean just a physical resting.  But resting by relying completely on the work of Christ on the cross for our sins to draw us near to God, instead of relying on our own efforts to try to earn favor or a relationship with Him by doing something. 

If you are tired of trying to find rest and life in things other than Christ, then I invite you to join with the author of Psalm 46 and "be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" I hope that you will join with me in resting in the finished, redemptive work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.  Please worship Him along with some old friends of mine from NC State, the Shelly Moore Band:



Jesus I Am Resting Resting 

Chorus
Jesus I am resting resting
In the joy of what Thou art
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart

Verse 1
Jesus I am resting resting
In the joy of what Thou art
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee
And Thy beauty fills my soul
For by Thy transforming power
Thou hast made me whole

Verse 2
Oh how great Thy loving kindness
Vaster broader than the sea
Oh how marvelous Thy goodness
Lavished all on me
Yes I rest in Thee Beloved
Know what wealth of grace is Thine
Know Thy certainty of promise
And have made it mine

Verse 3
Simply trusting Thee Lord Jesus
I behold Thee as Thou art
And Thy love so pure so changeless
Satisfies my heart
Satisfies its deepest longings
Meets supplies its ev'ry need
Compasseth me 'round with blessings
Thine is love indeed

Verse 4
Ever lift Thy face upon me
As I work and wait for Thee
Resting 'neath Thy smile Lord Jesus
Earth's dark shadows flee
Brightness of my Father's glory
Sunshine of my Father's face
Keep me ever trusting resting
Fill me with Thy grace


Jeff

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