by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011
The book, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, shows the root meaning of “sabbath” is cessation. In other words, a “sabbath” is a time to cease from activity. The Sabbath was instituted by God in the Old Testament. Since the time shortly after Pentecost, most Christians have chosen to take this day of “rest” on Sunday versus the 7th day of rest (Saturday) of Old Testament times.
Truly God is honored when we take a day to stop doing. It is what He asked from us in the Old Testament and even today obedience to this concept is an expression of our trust in God as LORD (Master, Boss) and ultimate provider. Instead of doing and doing some more as if it were in our power to make sure we have enough if we just work hard enough, when we choose to stop and rest as God requests, not only is it good for our bodies, but it let’s God know we trust that when we obey Him, He will fulfill His promise to ensure we have “enough”.
For the Christian community, this day of rest has also become a focused time of concentration on God. It is the day of the week when many of us choose to consciously worship Him. Though worship of God is for EVERY day, not just Sunday, in honor of the tradition to seek Him corporately on Sunday through worship, here is a beautiful psalm, focusing on honoring God as Lord.
So together, “6 Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” (Ps. 95:6-7 NIV)
PSALM 29 (NIV)
1 Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory & strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. All in his temple cry, “Glory!”
10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
LORD God, our strength is from You; our peace is from You. You are all in all and everything. This we know full well. How we delight to rest in You this day, reflecting on Your majesty, reveling in who You are without worry or care. You alone are God; You alone are the holy One. You love us more than we will ever understand and as all-knowing, all-powerful parent You provide for us perfectly. Thank You that You give us rest. We look to You alone for all things and place our complete trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Selah! (Pause and calmly think of that!) May your Sunday be blessed with an ever-increasing sense of His Presence, which you carry with you into the week. May His Spirit refresh you as you rest in Him, coming like the river of life from heaven which He is and quench your deepest thirst. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
UPCOMING DEVOTION: TENDING KINGDOM FINANCIAL CROPS
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