Summer Selah: It’s Not Up to Me

Ross Lester | July 10, 2021 Christian Living Faith, Rest, Sabbath, Spiritual, Summer Selah Series

Summer ought to be a season when we’re able to rest well—a time we can spend with the Lord and His goodness. But, oftentimes, we actually fall out of healthy spiritual habits and end up trying to rest from the Lord instead of resting in Him.

That’s why we’ve created the Summer Selah Series. Over 40 days, we’ll be sharing daily devotions during a season where you may not feel very devoted.

Based on excerpts from his book Selah: Devotions From The Psalms For Those Who Struggle With Devotion, Ross Lester, our Pastor of Preaching and West Congregation Pastor, will provide readings from select Psalms, a brief devotional reflection, and some prayer points for each of the 40 days.

Reading

Take some time to read Psalm 62. Then, come back and read the following verses again.

“On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:7-8 ESV)

Reflection

I trusted Christ for salvation when I was 7 years old. I knelt at the foot of my parents’ bed and my dad knelt with me as I confessed that I was a great sinner who needed a great Savior. I knew that I needed the righteousness of Christ to get me into right standing with God.

The problem was that I believed the lie that said staying in right standing with God depended on me. “Jesus got me in, but I have to keep me in” was the way my twisted thinking defaulted towards. The problem with this was that, as I continued to rebel against God in my sin, it seemed like my salvation was tenuous. As I found new ways to rebel, I felt like God would ultimately tire of me and cut me loose. This was a terrifying thought that led to lots of guilt, lots of bargaining with God, and lots of pretending to be better than I really was.

Passages like Psalm 62 are really helpful to tired religious souls like mine who are sometimes tempted to try to keep their salvation by being good.

“On God rests my salvation and my glory …”

Wow, God gets me in and God keeps me in. My salvation is a result of His divine will and work, and He gets to decide on my righteousness based on His Son. So even when I don’t act like the redeemed son that I am, I still am a redeemed son because the work of redemption depends on God and not on me, and God doesn’t fail like I do. This is something that is worth shouting from the rooftops. God gives salvation. My salvation depends on Him!

This is brilliant news for someone who knows that they will fail. My hope isn’t in me. My hope is in God.

Thomans Le Blanc once said of this verse:

“On the shields of the Greeks, Neptune was depicted; on the shields of the Trojans, Minerva; because in them they put their confidence, and in their protection deemed themselves secure.… Now, Christ is the insignia of our shields.”

Where is your hope for salvation being placed? I pray that it is in Christ. Carry that shield with His name on it and nothing can take you down.

Prayer

Father God, thank You so much that my salvation rests on You. Teach me to rest and delight in that truth and to serve You all the more faithfully because of it.


Ross Lester, Selah: Devotions From The Psalms For Those Who Struggle With Devotion (Magnolia, Texas: Lucid Books, 2017)