Finding Peace in the Storms of Life
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to go sailing with a good friend off the coast of Waikiki beach in Hawaii.
It was a beautiful afternoon and we were having a great time. But as it got later in the day, the winds picked up and the boat started getting tossed around. There were times when the boat was almost at a 90 degree angle and I started getting nervous.
But as the boat was teetering, my friend was never out of control. He had sailed these ocean waters many times before and he knew exactly what to do. Because of this fact, I had peace and I was able to enjoy the ride.
King David had this same peace in his heart in spite of a difficult time in his life. Scholars say that Psalm 62 was most likely written when his son, Absalom, tried to take over his throne. But in spite of this tumultuous time, David knew the secret of finding peace. He says, “My soul finds rest in God alone” (v. 1). David knew that there was only one place that his soul could find rest -- and that was in God.
If this Psalm was written during Absalom’s insurrection, then this was written near the end of David’s life. David has experienced power, pleasure, and incredible wealth. But he writes that only God is “my Rock and my salvation.”
David’s enemies were out to get him. His trusted adviser, Ahithopel, was among those seeking to topple him from the throne. But in spite of the threat against him, David says again in verse 5, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone.” He reaffirms that that his soul will only find rest in God. He also says, “… my hope comes from him.” David knew that everything else would let man down, but his only real hope was in God.
David said in verse 7 that his “salvation and honor depend on God.” His son had slandered his father’s honor. He had dragged his name through the mud. But David knew that God had his back.
In verse 8, David admonishes the people to put their trust in God at all times. Because God is truly trustworthy, we can pour out our hearts to Him and make Him our refuge. When he says, “lowborn men are but a breath…” he uses the the Hebrew word hevel for breath. It means vapor. It’s the same word that is translated in the book of Ecclesiastes to mean emptiness or vanity. David says not to put your trust in men, because they’re here one moment and gone the next.
Even the highborn man, the person born of good stock, is a lie. They appear to be strong, fearless, and untouchable, but it’s only an act. John F. Kennedy Jr. and Princess Diana were two people who came from elite families, but both of them died in their 30’s. They were just as vulnerable as the next person.
David also tells us to not put our trust in money (v. 10). It too can be here one moment, and gone the next.
David concludes by saying peace can only be found in God because He is worthy of trust. God is strong and loving. Power belongs to God. Have you ever sat back and reflected on the power of God? In the book of Genesis, we see that God spoke and stars came into existence. Massive bodies of water were put in place by one simple word.
I speak, and I can barely get my kids to clean their room.
But the good news is that God is not only powerful -- He’s also loving. I John 4:8 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Love is not just what God does, it’s who He is. Everything He does is motivated by His character.
This truth about who God is brought peace to David’s heart. It should also bring peace to us. Let’s face it -- we live in a crazy world. Every day, I am surprised by the headlines in the news. At the end of Paul’s letter to the Romans, he says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him…”
Do you see that God’s intention for our lives is to fill us with joy and peace? But that only happens as we trust in Him. Because in the end, it’s all about His glory. Where do you need to trust God today? Is there a storm brewing in your life? Don’t be afraid to put your trust in God. Only then will you find true rest.
Pastor Toby Gallego
Riviera Baptist Church