The dictionary defines sacrifice as the surrender of something valuable for the sake of something even more valuable. I valued my autonomy above everything else. Like most people, I want to decide things for myself.

Although I’d known and loved Jesus from a young age, I tried to manage my life on my own. Then, for three years, pain became my constant companion. Pain revealed the truth: I am not in control.

In those days, Psalm 62 came to life for me. Sometimes I repeated Psalm 62:1, “My soul finds rest in God alone,” 50 times a day. Discover with me, the rich meaning of these words.

My — Each person has a choice. I can choose to be my own boss or I can choose to align myself with truth from God’s word.

Soul — David, the writer of this psalm addresses the deepest, most essential part of a person: who I am, my significance and my self-worth.

Finds — This journey of life involves a quest. We search for purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction.

Rest — More than physical refreshment, we long for inner peace and a refuge from the storms of life.

In God — Finding rest is not a casual endeavor. We must immerse ourselves in the God of Scripture: The great I AM, Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Redeemer.

Alone — We find rest in God and God alone. Nothing else can satisfy. We need nothing more than Him.

Surrender yourself completely to God. The peace, life, and hope He gives far exceed anything the world can offer.

God, I seek you with all that I am because I know that I can only find what I’m looking for in you. Amen.

Go deeper — Try repeating the phrase “My soul finds rest in God alone” continually throughout the day. Ask God to reveal Himself to you through King David’s words.

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