“THE RIGHTEOUS’ REST IS IN JESUS CHRIST: PART 2”
February 29, 2003
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 55:1-7
SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALM 55:6, 8
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for
then would I fly away, and be at rest… I would
hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.
If you have ever studied
the life of David you would see that he was a man
much like us.
He had his high spots and his low times.
In this psalm, it may have been during the time of
his fleeing from Absalom, David cries out to God to
provide him a place of safety and rest from his
We, in our Christian walk, faces times when we need
to find spiritual rest for our souls.
If we fail to rest our physical bodies they will
begin to break down, the same will happen with our
We, like David, need to go to God and find a place
of rest for our weary souls.
The rest for our souls is not found in this world
but in Jesus Christ.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke
upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly
in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I. WHAT ARE SOME OF
THE RESTS GOD OFFERS US IN JESUS?
A. THE REST OF GOD’S PRESENCE.
And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and
I will give thee rest.
When we allow God to direct our lives we can rest in
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath
tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Even in the
midst of testing and trials we can rest in God’s
B. REST FROM OUR ENEMIES.
This is referring to sin. The great enemy of
our soul is the devil and when we accept God’s grace
He gives us rest from Satan and the power of sin.
But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land
which the Lord
your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth
you rest from all your enemies round about, so that
ye dwell in safety;
Therefore it shall be, when the Lord
thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies
round about, in the land which the Lord
thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess
God did not say that we
would not face spiritual battles, but He did say
that He would give us the victory and rest when we
2 Chronicles 20:15, 17
And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye
inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat,
Thus saith the Lord
unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of
this great multitude; for the battle is not yours,
but God's…Ye shall not need to fight in this battle:
set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the
salvation of the Lord
with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be
dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord
will be with you.
C. REST FROM DESPAIR.
It is easy to fall into the pit of despair and
hopelessness as we consider or circumstances, what
we need to do is to turn our eyes back on Jesus.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory
rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
NOTE: When we rest in Jesus, He turns our despair
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing:
thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with
D. REST FROM ADVERSITY
That thou mayest give him rest from the days of
adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
Although we face adversity
in our Christian life, God has set a limit on how
far Satan can go.
Psalm 91:1-7 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the
most High shall abide under the shadow of the
Almighty. I will say of the Lord,
He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will
I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the
snare of the fowler, and from the noisome
pestilence. He shall cover thee with his
feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his
truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
nor for the pestilence that
walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that
wasteth at noonday.
thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at
thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in
his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall
he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
God never promised us that
we would be free from trouble but He is promise that
He would provide a hiding place where we could rest
E. REST FROM SORROW
And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear,
and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to
The sorrow and fear of
death has been taken away.
1 Corithians 15:55-57
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy
victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength
of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The greatest sorrow that should be in a Christian’s
heart today should be for lost souls.
Psalm 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing
his sheaves with him.
II. HOW DO WE EXPERIENCE THIS REST?
It says, “Let us
labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any
man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
This tells me two things:
We must make a conscience
Too many people are
unwilling to pay the price of full surrender to
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many,
I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed,
not as in my presence only, but now much more in my
absence, work out your own salvation with fear and
Jesus had done all the work
of Salvation for us, the work that we must do is the
yielding of our will to Him and His will.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the
devil, and he will flee from you.
It requires faith &
The Children of Israel were kept out of the Promise
Land because of their disobedience, which was cause,
by their lack of faith.
Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments!
then had thy peace been as a river, and thy
righteousness as the waves of the sea:
A. OUR REST IS IN GOD.
2 CHRONICLES 14:11
And Asa cried unto the Lord
his God, and said, Lord,
it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many,
or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord
our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go
against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.
It is when we allow God to
have complete control of our lives that we are able
to enter into His rest.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind
is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.