14 As a beast goes down into the valley, And the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest, So You lead Your people, To make Yourself a glorious name.
15 Look down from heaven, And see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, The yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained?
16 Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Lord, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.
The prophet starts with a simple illustration of an animal in the wilderness going down into a valley to rest. The animal is a large animal that does not fear predators and in the valley is able to rest from the travels of the day. The prophet then asks the Lord to lead His people to the place of their rest so they will make God’s name glorious.
When we gather on Sundays, it is a time of spiritual rest with the people of God. We gather and make God’s name glorious together. Our church gatherings around the person and work of Christ are a foretaste of heaven to us. We are resting from the pressures and the people of the world even if just for a few minutes. When we leave, we are refreshed and ready to go out again.
The prophet is calling out to God to bring His people back to the place of their rest. He is their Father, He is our Redeemer from Everlasting. Are you in need of rest? I am. I look forward to time together resting with God’s people to receive strength to continue. We won’t know our permanent rest until heaven. Until then we enjoy the rest we find in the valley with our Father, our Redeemer, where we gather to make His name great.
Do the troubles of this world today grieve you? What a painful day yesterday was in this world. From a hurricane to an earthquake people lost loved ones and possessions. From one day to the next their lives have been overturned. Let us pray for thousands of people to cry out to the Lord Jesus for salvation. Let us pray that the world will sit up and take note that God is God and there is no other. Let us pray that people will repent of their sins and know that the Lord, He is God and that He alone can carry them by His grace through this trouble.
We are praying tonight. Join us.
Pray for our teens as we meet. We have been having teens come week after week who do not know the Savior. Pray for the Lord to grip their hearts tonight. I could still use a driver for this Saturday’s Dare2Share event in Oswego.
Have a great day in the Lord,