Matthew 11:28 Amplified says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.)” What a promise!
Psalm 23:2-3 could easily describe our quiet time in being still before the Lord. It says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
Many times David was overwhelmed by the circumstances in his life. Think of what it was like for him to flee the city when Absalom attempts to usurp his father’s throne.
Psalm 61:1-2 was a great expression of his heart as he cried out to the Lord. It says, “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You. When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Here is a new song:
Song of the Altar
In the midst of adversity when trouble surrounds me. I come into Your presence and I build an altar. I remember how You met me time and time again and I bow in worship.
Nothing can overtake me when I hide in You. Nothing can overwhelm me when I look to You. I set my eyes on You and I gaze into Your face. I bask in the love of Your eyes full of grace.
No one can comfort me like You O Lord. I will make Your presence my abiding place as I hide in You from the tempest of this storm. Yes I’ll hide in You as I bow and worship at Your feet.
I sing this frequently because it helps me remember what to do when I feel overwhelmed. My stance is to look to Him. Here is another part of Psalm 18. I experienced this when I had a hard trial.
Verse 16 says, “He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of deep waters.” Verse 18 says, “They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.”
How does the Lord support us? He speaks His whispered words to our heart. He knows exactly what we need. We can hear Him above the turmoil of our life circumstances when we become still inside.
I love the words in Psalm 18:1-2 that express his heart in the midst of turmoil as Saul hunted him to kill him. It says, “I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
John 14:1 says, “Let not your heart be troubled…” The Greek word for troubled is to stir or agitate. We are not the product of our circumstances, but the way we process them reveals what our heart clings to. If we cling to anyone or anything other than the Lord, then it has become a heart idol that dictates. Ask this question: what rules my heart? What rules our heart takes our focus off the Lord.