- Exodus 33:14 CSB
And he replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
- Psalm 4:8 CSB
I will both lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, Lord, make me live in safety.
- Psalm 46:10 NASB
Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
- Psalm 62:1 CSB
I am at rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
- Psalm 62:5 CSB
Rest in God alone, my soul,
for my hope comes from him.
- Psalm 73:26 CSB
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart,
my portion forever.
- Psalm 116:7 CSB
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
- Psalm 119:28 CSB
I am weary from grief;
strengthen me through your word.
- Psalm 127:1-2 CSB
Unless the Lord builds a house,
its builders labor over it in vain;
unless the Lord watches over a city,
the watchman stays alert in vain.
2 In vain you get up early and stay up late,
working hard to have enough food—
yes, he gives sleep to the one he loves
- Psalm 138:3 CSB
On the day I called, you answered me;
you increased strength within me
- Proverbs 3:24 CSB
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
- Isaiah 40:28-31 CSB
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the whole earth.
He never becomes faint or weary;
there is no limit to his understanding.
29 He gives strength to the faint
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Youths may become faint and weary,
and young men stumble and fall,
31 but those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not become weary,
they will walk and not faint.
- Isaiah 41:10 CSB
Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.
- Isaiah 50:4 CSB
The Lord God has given me
the tongue of those who are instructed
to know how to sustain the weary with a word.
He awakens me each morning;
he awakens my ear to listen like those being instructed.
- Jeremiah 31:25 NASB
For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.”
- Matthew 11:28-30 NASB
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
- Luke 18:1 NASB
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart
- John 16:33 NASB
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
- 2 Corinthians 4:16 CSB
Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 CSB
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.”
Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.
- Galatians 6:9 CSB
Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.
- Philippians 4:13 NASB
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:13 CSB
But as for you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing good.
- Hebrews 12:3 CSB
For consider him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give
- Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
- Joshua 1:9 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
- 2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
- Psalm 27:14 ESV
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
- Psalm 31:24 ESV
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!
- Psalm 34:18 ESV
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
- Psalm 42:11 ESV
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
- Psalm 55:22 ESV
Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved
- Psalm 94:14 ESV
For the Lord will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage;
- Isaiah 40:31 ESV
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
- Isaiah 41:10 ESV
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Matthew 11:28 ESV
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
- John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
- Romans 12:12 ESV
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
- Romans 15:4 ESV
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
- 1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
- 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
- Galatians 6:9 ESV
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
- Colossians 3:23-25 ESV
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
- Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
- Psalm 19:7 NIV
The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
- Psalm 23:1-3 NIV
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
- Psalm 68:9 NIV
You gave abundant showers, O God;
you refreshed your weary inheritance.
- Proverbs 11:25 NIV
A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
- Jeremiah 31:25 NIV
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.
- Acts 3:19 NIV
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
- Romans 15:32 NIV
so that I may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed.
- 1 Corinthians 16:18 NIV
For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
- 2 Corinthians 7:13 NIV
By all this we are encouraged.In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.
- 2 Timothy 1:16
May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.
- Philemon 1:7 NIV
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
- Philemon 1:20 NIV
I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
Come all who are weary:
- Matthew 11:28-30 NASB
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is [b]easy and My burden is light.”
Come you who are thirsty:
- Isaiah 55:1 NASB
“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.”
- John 7:37-39 NASB
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “[a]If anyone is thirsty, [et him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From [c]his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
- Revelation 22:17 NASB
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
Come you who are hungry
- John 6:33-35 NASB
For the bread of God is [a]that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
Come for forgiveness:
- Isaiah 1:18 NASB
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
Come all who need healing and restoration:
- Hosea 6:1 NASB
“Come, let us return to the Lord.
For He has torn us, but He will heal us;
He has [a]wounded us, but He will bandage us.
Come like little children:
- Matthew 19:13-15 NASB
Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “[a]Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
- Hebrews 4:16 NASB
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
- Luke 9:23-26 NASB
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wishes to save his [a]life will lose it, but whoever loses his [b]life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
Four playgrounds in five days.
Last week, the forecast finally felt like spring. Spring! Sunshine, warmth, sun, blue skies and more sun. I could almost feel my vitamin D levels rising.
I packed some snacks, sunscreen and a Batman hat for my son and we visited playgrounds all week. Anytime we could go, we went. We walked to the playground in our neighborhood, we stopped in at the playground in our hometown, then we picked up my daughters from school and drove directly to a playground half an hour away just to enjoy it.
We even headed for the beach on Friday and we found a playground there, too.
I’ve always been such a task-oriented person; playing hookie from the to-do list so we can visit another park isn’t normal for me.
But it feels like this spring has been a long time coming and I am ready for it.
Anytime the wait feels long and the winter feels interminable, spring is the most welcome gift.
That’s how I feel: Struck with wonder at the gift and deeply grateful. I’m spilling over with praise and gratitude that our good God gives such gifts to those who wait with expectant hope.
That little taste of spring has me wanting more. I’m insatiable now. I’ve carried paperwork, writing, and even sewing out to the porch so I can work outdoors instead of inside. I’ll take a walk in the morning and will want to walk a few miles in the evening, too.
My son feels it, also. We leave one playground and he’s ready to move onto another one. We are loving it.
I’ve been reading Psalm 71 and the subtitle for this Psalm stops me right from the beginning:
Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent
It’s a prayer for the weary and a request not to be left alone, or abandoned, or forsaken. It’s holding out for God’s strength amid utter weakness.
It’s a cry for hope. from someone stuck in the middle of that winter that seems to never end.
This Psalm is for the poured out and the emptied, for those who have hung in there with determination and are ready to collapse into Jesus’s arms.
And this is the reminder the Psalm gives us:
God is faithful.
The Psalmist prays:
Be to me a rock of refuge,
to which I may continually come (Psalm 71:3).
He asks for God to be an inexhaustible source of safety and strength.
I don’t just come today. I come tomorrow, too. I come running to Him day after day, time after time. This disappointment, this struggle, that mistake, that frustration, that delay, that season of waiting—where does it send us?
To our Rock of refuge. We come and we come continually, because we cannot get enough of Him. We’re desperate for His presence and we’re lost without His help.
Here’s the hope we have:
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again.
You will increase my greatness
and comfort me again (Psalm 71: 20-21, emphasis mine).
He will revive us, lift us up, and comfort us anew. He has done it before, and He will do it again.
We know His faithfulness, His steadfast character. We see the testimony of God’s goodness in the past…in OUR past.
That’s why we praise. Not only do we run to our Refuge continually and trust Him to save us again, we keep the praises coming, too.
My praise is continually of you…
My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all the day. (Psalm 71 :6, 8 ESV) .
We continually come.
God continually rescues.
We continually praise
and we continually hope.
But I will hope continually
and will praise you yet more and more (Psalm 71: 14 ESV).
This is what I’m feeling as I’m driven to playground after playground, taking walk after walk, dragging all of my inside work to a porch so I don’t miss a minute of sun.
I’m giving thanks, because again and again He does this, taking us through the winter, through all the cold and the wearying darkness, through the toil and the waiting, through the hard.
Thank you, Lord, for the warmth. I can’t get enough. Thank you for the sun. I don’t want to miss a minute of it.
Thank you for the scent of lilies in the breeze. Thank you for mornings at a playground, picnics in the park and an afternoon at the beach. Thank you for evening sunshine.
Thank you, Lord, for being faithful. Thank you for being our continual refuge.
Thank you that because of your faithfulness, we can have hope, not just for a moment, but in all seasons and at all times.
- Psalm 23:1-6 NASB
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
- Psalm 42:1-2 NIV
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
- Psalm 62:5 NIV
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
- Psalm 80:18-19 ESV
Then we shall not turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call upon your name!
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts
Let your face shine, that we may be saved!
- Psalm 116:7 NIV
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
- Proverbs 11:25 NIV
A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
- Song of Solomon 2:10 NKJV
My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one,And come away.
- Isaiah 28:12-13 NIV
to whom he said,
“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;
and, “This is the place of repose”—
but they would not listen.
13 So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that;
a little here, a little there—
so that as they go they will fall backward;
they will be injured and snared and captured.
- Jeremiah 31:25 NASB
For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.
- Hosea 2:14-16 ESV
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her.
15 And there I will give her her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,
as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
- Matthew 11:28 NIV
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
- Mark 6:31 NIV
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Next week is “the movie.”
That’s what my fourth grader calls it. She’s been fretting about this movie for two years.
She always lowers her voice when she speaks of it. She always calls it “THE MOVIE” in hushed capital letters. Occasionally, her hands even pop up to make quotation marks in the air.
Seems like they’ve been showing a movie like this to fourth graders for decades. I watched it when I was in school, but I sure don’t remember dreading it or worrying over it or spending months terrified of the potential embarrassment.
But that’s my girl. She’s a thinker. A planner. More like a fretter. Maybe an obsesser.
She gets most of that from me.
Okay, maybe she gets all of that from me.
I keep telling her the truth: There’s nothing in this movie about puberty and growing up that we haven’t covered here at home already. So, what’s the big deal?
But truth isn’t really cutting through the emotional trauma she’s built up over the years.
It’s rumbling around in her heart and mind, turning up in the most unexpected places. Last night, I mentioned how quickly April has flown by and she launched into another speech about the imminence of “The Movie” and how her life will end within the week.
Next week, I guarantee she’ll come home and I’ll say, “How was ‘the movie?’ and she’ll shrug it off for the absolutely mundane, not-terrible, unsurprising, non-monumental moment in her life that it really is.
But for this week: It’s a distractor. It’s a stressor. It’s an emotional time-bomb.
So, I’m playing the voice of reason for my daughter. I’m the quiet, calm purveyor of wisdom and I’m the one trying to give her a healthy perspective on this thing called life.
Because apparently when you’re ten, everything is a near-catastrophe.
But I need this for my own life, too.
Because I’m distracted. I’m stressed. I’m fretting over potentialities and playing through possibilities, just turning them over and over like a dryer tumbling my wet towels.
This is what I don’t want. Tumble, tumble, tumble.
But what if it happens? Tumble, tumble, tumble.
I want this….and I want that….and it’s impossible to have both. Tumble, tumble, tumble.
I read God’s Word and it just breezes through my mind without touchdown or impact.
But this finally hits home:
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it (Isaiah 30:15 NIV)
Rest is what I need.
I say I need a vacation, or a break, or a getaway, or a long walk in absolute quiet.
But what I really need is a rested soul, a quiet spirit.
Oh, a physical rest would be nice, of course. But so often that’s a temporary fix and then it’s back to this pacing back and forth, this distraction, this tension.
I need a resting place in the here and now of this life, this moment, this situation, this day and everything that this day brings.
“This is the resting place, let the weary rest” (Isaiah 28:12).
And the resting place isn’t far. It’s not an exotic island and it doesn’t take a plane-trip to Hawaii or my entire savings account to get there.
It’s trusting Jesus.
In When Women Long for Rest, Cindy McMenamin wrote:
“Rest isn’t just laying down and clearing your mind. It’s retraining your mind to turn over the problems to the only One who is able to work them out.”
My heart finds rest when it sinks into the rhythms of grace God has established.
I’m no longer pushing, pushing, pushing for my own agenda or striving to set my own pace, or straining to head in my own direction.
I’ve relaxed into Him.
Elisabeth Elliott wrote:
“Jesus, in the unbroken intimacy of His Father’s love, kept a quiet heart. None of us possesses a heart so perfectly at rest, for none lives in such divine unity, but we can learn a little more each day of what Jesus knew…”
May I learn a little of this today: A quiet heart, a heart perfectly at rest because I’m aware of the intimacy of His love, trusting in His care, united in His will.
So “let the weary rest.”
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, is available now! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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