This Psalm describes quiet trust amidst troubling circumstances. It describes a restful heart when circumstances are anything but. This is the cry of many of us that engage in the stress and busyness our culture so values. We long for rest, which is more than just sleep. We long for the insanity to stop, for the pace to slow down and for the schedule to lighten up.
Many commentators take this Psalm as a companion to Psalm 3, which would be seen as the Morning Prayer and this the Evening Prayer. “This Psalm was most probably written upon the same occasion as the preceding, and is another choice flower from the garden of affliction. Happy is it for us that David was tried, or probably we should never have heard these sweet sonnets of faith.” -CHS.
Hope in the Psalms
Find hope in the fact that God has given us counsel for times of difficulty and trial. Find hope in the fact that you aren’t the first to wrestle with pain and hardship. Find hope in the fact that the grace of God is still sufficient for you as you toil and struggle. Find hope in the fact that in the midst of your stress, hardship and toil, Jesus makes rest a reality (Matthew 11:28-30)