~Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

It is worthless, fruitless, empty and unsatisfying when one stays up late and gets up early to worry. I never gained a moment’s pleasure or peace from worrying. The Lord emphasizes here how futile it is to worry. In fact, the Lord promises His beloved children rest! He does not promise this wonderful rest to the unsaved. How do I know that? The verse says that Hisbeloved receive sleep. Remember, when we are saved we become the children of God.

~Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

We are His beloved! A search to the word “beloved” in the New Testament will show that they were always referring to the brethren in Christ.

Noah Webster defines the word vain as:

Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance.Fruitless; ineffectual. All attempts, all efforts were vain.

Empty; unsatisfying. The pleasures of life are vain.

False; deceitful; not genuine; spurious. James 1.

Since I became a mother, so many Scriptures seem clearer to me. What would I think if my children stayed up nights worrying? I would be devastated first because my child is worrying. But most importantly, I would wonder why my child feels he cannot turn those worries over to his parents. I can just imagine how our Heavenly Father feels when we take upon our own shoulders the cares of this world which have not even happened yet. Our Father in Heaven loves us so much and wants so much to provide for us and comfort us. Why do we insist on taking this worry upon ourselves? I have heard that 85% of what we worry about doesn’t come to past and the other 15% weren’t worth worrying over. The time and effort spent in worrying could easily be spent in the Word and finding comfort there. The Lord has so many golden nuggets to calm our spirit with. We just have to search them out.

~Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (28 ) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (29) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (30) 

Good night, are there better verses? After reading these verses, I decided to do a phrase search for “give rest” – here are the results. I need not say anything more 🙂 Enjoy!

~Exodus 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

God’s presence goes with us (His Holy Spirit) and provides rest.

~1 Chronicles 22:9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

We find much rest from the book of Proverbs if we heed its warnings.

~Psalm 94:13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

The chastened man receives rest from the days of affliction.

~Proverbs 29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. 

We receive rest when we have corrected our children – they will delight us.

~Isaiah 14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,

Again, the Lord provides more rest from sorrow and fear.

~Jeremiah 50:34 Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.

Our Redeemer provides rest.

~Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jesus, our Provider and Shepherd, provides the rest we need.

~Psalms 121: 1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Self-help books are plentiful in today’s society. There are experts in every field, every area of life, who have put their ‘miracle’ plan on paper so others may glean. But where does one turn when all else fails? Where does one go for answers when self help books have come short? Today’s text brings us to the heart of man. Where else can we turn – whom should we seek for answers when life’s dilemmas surround us? Psalm 121:2 reveals that our help comes from the Creator of the universe (John 1:1-3), the Lord Jesus Christ!

If you are not looking up to God for help, you’re searching in the wrong places. If you are not searching the Scriptures to find answers, you’re searching in the wrong places. Man will fail us, no doubt, but God never fails us (Deuteronomy 31:6). Placing our confidence in anything or anyone other than the Lord God is futile.

Notice David looked unto the hills in anticipation, in Psalm 121:1. He knew where his help came from and that is why he looked toward the hills. He knew that the Creator of all was the only help he wanted. He didn’t want help from anyone else – David wanted help from the One who knew all and could do all.

Where do you search in your time of need? Where do you go for help? Go to the One who never sleeps (Psalm 121:4) is vigilant – He is all knowing – He is always ready to help us (Psalm 46:1). Encourage yourself in the Lord today through Psalms – what a beautiful place to stop to read, rest and rejuvenate a troubled spirit!

The picture above was taken by a sweet Christian lady, Connie Wentworth and used here with her permission. Her pictures are mostly taken in the State of Maine and depict God’s glorious creation! Thank you, Connie, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!


Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 

It is worthless, fruitless, empty and unsatisfying when one stays up late and gets up early to worry. I never gained a moment’s pleasure or peace from worrying. The Lord emphasizes here how futile it is to worry. In fact, the Lord promises His beloved children rest! He does not promise this wonderful rest to the unsaved. How do I know that? The verse says that His beloved receive sleep. Remember, when we are saved we become the children of God. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:16) We are His beloved! A search to the word “beloved” in the New Testament will show that they were always referring to the brethren in Christ.

Noah Webster defines the word vain as:

Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance.Fruitless; ineffectual. All attempts, all efforts were vain.

Empty; unsatisfying. The pleasures of life are vain.

False; deceitful; not genuine; spurious. James 1.

Since I became a mother, so many Scriptures seem clearer to me. What would I think if my children stayed up nights worrying? I would be devastated; first because my child is worrying. But most importantly, I would wonder why my child feels he cannot turn those worries over to his parents. I can just imagine how our Heavenly Father feels when we take upon our own shoulders the cares of this world which have not even happened yet. Our Father in Heaven loves us so much and wants so much to provide for us and comfort us. Why do we insist on taking this worry upon ourselves? I have heard that 85% of what we worry about doesn’t come to past. The time and effort spent in worrying could easily be spent in the Word and finding comfort there. The Lord has so many golden nuggets to calm our spirit with. We just have to search them out.

For example, Matt. 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (28 ) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (29) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (30) Good night, are there better verses? After reading these verses, I decided to do a phrase search for “give rest” – here are the results. I need not say anything more 🙂 Enjoy!

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. (Exodus 33:14) God’s presence goes with us (His Holy Spirit) and provides rest.

Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. (1 Chron. 22:9) We find much rest from the book of Proverbs if we heed its warnings.

That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. (Psalm 94:13) The chastened man receives rest from the days of affliction.

Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. (Proverbs 29:17) We receive rest when we have corrected our children – they will delight us.

And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, (Isaiah 14:3) Again, the Lord provides more rest from sorrow and fear.

Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon. (Jeremiah 50:34) Our Redeemer provides rest.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 ) Jesus, our Redeemer, provides the rest we need.

Allow God’s Holy Scriptures to penetrate through to your heart. We can rest in the Father’s care because He does not sleep – He is ever vigil – and He knows the future. God’s love for His children motivates Him for our benefit. Why should we worry?


Thank you Connie Hebert for the lovely Fall photo!

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~Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Not one person can truly say he has experienced true peace, rest and freedom from life’s burdens until they have been born again and entered into a genuine Father/child relationship with the Heavenly Father. This comes only through salvation.

Do you have this kind of true peace and rest? If not, I challenge you to question the path you are on and read the Gospel of John through three times. Please contact me when you are finished 🙂

No God, no peace. Know God, know peace.

~Psalms 37:3-8

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Just like Psalm 1, this Psalm is believed to have been written by Solomon because of the way it is written like the verses in Proverbs.

~Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Israel used today’s Psalm for instruction, and rightfully so. It is filled with wonderful lessons for me on how to improve my walk with the Lord.

  1. Verse 3 – “Trust in the Lord and do good.” I thought of Abraham when reading this. God called Abram to pack up everything and move his family to a place that he wasn’t familiar with. Abram trusted God to pave the way for him and to work out all the details. Furthermore, God provided for Abram’s needs and all those who went with him. The land they lived in prospered and so did all that Abram touched. But this all began with Abram trusting God. Do I trust Him with my life’s needs as well?
  2. Verse 4 – “Delight thyself also in the LORD” How do I delight myself in the Lord? I cannot without first being a part of His family. After all, a total stranger cannot delight himself in my family because he does not know us. Therefore, if I am not a child of the King, how can I delight myself in Him? But as a child of the living God, I can delight myself in Him by reading His Word, talking to Him, sharing with Him every detail of my life, doing His will, etc. These all put together keep Him at the center of my life and He is a rewarder if I diligently seek Him.

    ~Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

  3. Verse 5 – “Commit thy way unto the LORD;” When I am uncertain of what path I am to take, I must commit it to Him and let Him lead me. After all, He has seen the future and knows what is awaiting. How comforting this is to me. Resting in God’s care and knowing that whatever happens is His will is the best place to be when I am unsure.
  4. Verse 7 – “Rest in the LORD,” There are times when I feel as though God is not working quick enough in a certain area. I see others moving forward but I am at a stand still. This is where the “rest” comes in! I noticed the second half of the verse says for me not to fret because of those who prosper. In due time, the Lord will work in my situation and to my benefit. Such rest is valuable when I am trying to defeat the devil’s attempts to discourage me or to cause me to worry.
  5. Verse 8 – “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:” Some things in life are a temptation for me to be overcome with anger. I see where the sinner prospers and gets what he desires while I am pleading to God for help or reprieve and not seeing His hand at work. But it shouldn’t be my concern as to whether another person succeeds or not. My thoughts should be focused on what God’s will is for my life. Whether or not I agree with God, His will is always best for me. It is not for me to disagree and be angry with God, although I can share my frustrations and doubts with Him. There is no rest in anger for me. However, there is rest when I trust Him as Abram trusted Him.

I’m currently unemployed – a state I’ve not found myself in for many, many years. Knowing the financial demands that we have as a family, I was beginning to take that burden upon me and fretting. Praise the Lord for today’s Psalm!

I noticed there were five areas in life that I need to focus on so I can keep close to the Lord.  Five is the Bible number for God’s Grace!  Praise the Lord that I can delight myself in Him and He lifts me upon a high place spiritually! There is rest in Him because He holds me in His hand. I am under His wings and I am His child to protect. His grace is sufficient!  Therefore, as Abraham trusted, I will learn to trust in Him!

Psalms 3
1-8 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

David had many enemies throughout his lifetime. My heart ached as I read these words because David was speaking of his own son, Absalom! How very sad indeed when a parent has to fear his own child! I can almost sense his fear and anxiety as he prayed this prayer!

As I meditate on this Psalm, I see David’s anxieties and fears turn into praise. His lips speak of his worries. He turns them over to his God and then he pauses to think on what he has just said. That is what Selah means – to pause and meditate on what has been said. After his contemplation over his complaint to God, I noticed that David stopped his complaints and replaced them with sharing his heart with the Lord. What beautiful words to convey to God just what He means to him. David acknowledged just what God meant to him. Not only was God his shield but he knew that his life existed because of God. God was his protector. David knew that God would hear him when he cried out to him. Furthermore, David was able to rest in those thoughts and sleep without worry because he knew that His God was on watch!

Rather than take matters into his own hands and rush into a battle that would not be blessed by God, David made sure to take these matters before his God. He shared with God his need for justice and vengeance. But in the end, David submitted and said that salvation belongs to God. It was as if he was saying, “OK, now that I’ve vented, let it be your way Lord.”

Oh how many times I have seen injustices! Maybe not in a real battle as David, but in spiritual and physical battles. I have cried out to my Heavenly Father and He heard me, just as He heard David! It’s not wrong to express our displeasures or fears to God. After all, Christ spoke to His Heavenly Father about the work of the cross at hand. But in the end, it was His Father’s will that He wanted (Luke 22:42). We are truly blessed in this day and age in America where we do not suffer the persecutions that our forefathers did. There are those believers in countries today that die for their beliefs. The most we suffer is ridicule for the cause of Christ but there is coming a day in our country when all of our freedoms of speech will be taken away and this will no longer be the case. Will we turn to David’s Psalm and be able to lay down at night and sleep without worry as David did?

Praise the Lord that we are not left thrashing about in water deep over our heads but have a compassionate God who loves us and is there to help us at exactly the right time!

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~Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

It seems at times that our lives are filled with burdens and cares. It’s as though there is no relief in sight.  But there is relief in sight for the believer! Our Heavenly Father has given us the gift of His Son who has promised rest to those that come to Him.

There is no better place for the Christian to be than at rest from life’s burdens!  Despite the tumultuous seas about us, we are promised that our hearts can be at peace!  This speaks volumes to a world that has no such peace!

Thank You, Lord!