Oh Great God Give Us Rest

I have always liked the Christian Musician David Crowder.  He has written some songs that those that listerners of modern Christian music know, and I just really like the depth of some of his lyrics.

Today’s passage reminded me of one of his more simple songs, entitled “Oh Great God Give Us Rest.”  Here’s the first lyric of the song:

Oh great God give us rest
We’re all worn thin from all of this
At the end of our hope with nothing left
Oh great God give us rest

Compare that with today’s Gospel reading, Matthew 11: 28-29:

28‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

10169327_10152018732427030_41811326013750877_nSometimes we want rest, don’t we?  We may be carrying a very heavy burden.  We may be worn out from the road we are walking.  We may be weary from everything going on.

And we need rest.

I like what Jesus tells us today.  Come to ME all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. There is rest available today.  But it’s found in Jesus.  It’s found in His mercy, His grace, His life.

It’s not found in our own efforts or works, but it is found in Him.

Today, what burden are you carrying?  Where are you weary?  Where are you tired?  Where do you think you can’t keep going on?

Maybe it’s your family.  Maybe it’s health.  Maybe it’s work.  Maybe it’s your faith.  I don’t know.  We all have a burden that we are tired from carrying. That we are worn out from.

We all need rest.

Give it to Jesus.

He will give you that rest, if you give it to Him.

And receive that rest.

Come, be refreshed in the grace of Jesus.  Come find your rest in Him.

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