Holy Spirit, come rest on us.
One of the songs that I have resonated with recently is “Rest on Us” by UPPERROOM x Maverick City Music. What is particularly beautiful about this song is how comforting the lyrics are in painting the truth of God’s presence in the moving and the resting, particularly how God does both.
A truth I have come to realize is this:
With God, resting and moving occur simultaneously, which, for humanity, does not seem fathomable or even make sense. How can us as human beings really move and rest at the same time? We equate moving to working, achieving, etc. and equate rest to sleeping and finding peace, at least for us. But is His nature, as God rests upon our shoulders in the highs and lows of our lives, God’s spirit is active, present, and moving more than ever.
If we allow His Spirit rest upon us, the weight will instead feel like a fresh wind, to fill our lungs and lift our sights and spirits, and shift our perspective above the circumstances.
“Listen to me, family of Jacob, everyone that’s left of the family of Israel. I’ve been carrying you on my back from the day you were born. And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old, I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray. I’ve done it and will keep doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you.” Isaiah 46:4 (MSG, emphasis added)
Are we allowing God to rest on us amidst the gravity?
Are we allowing burden or blessing to be the spotter in our life journey?
We all have crosses to bear and weight to carry, but as human beings we were never made to carry that alone. As stated in Isaiah, God has been carrying us on His back from the day we were born. The resounding truth in all of this is that he’s done it and will continue to do it. That truth should echo in our minds in our times of trials and shut down the lies that speak that question, “Where are you, God?” and “Why is this happening to me?”.
No matter what, we have God who is always near, holding the weight for us and never letting us walk alone.
How does the handling of this weight tie into God’s resting and moving? If we turn to and places our lives in the palms of Jesus, shift our perspective, and embrace the purposes God placed in each one of us, we would recognize the simultaneous resting and moving of God that make hope possible in the heartbeat lives.
“Come down, Spirit, when you move you make my heart pound, when you fill the room. You’re here and I know you are moving. You’re here and I know you will fill me.”
This line in “Rest On Us” displays a spirit of hope that is evident and made possible through shifting our perspective and realizing God’s resting is also Him moving in our lives. With fresh eyes, minds, and spirits, the pulse and ambience of the worship, the waves, and the wonder in life will be different, in knowing the God has never left.
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