My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)
What do you need in order to be okay? No, really? And I’m not looking for the right answer here, but the real one. Do you need success and achievements and notoriety? Do you need affection and affirmation? Do you need financial security? Do you need others to think well of you? Do you need to do a good job? Do you need good health? Do you need everyone in your family to be thriving and flourishing?
So, let me ask you again, what do you really need in order to be okay? The real answer to this question has so much to say about the way we live our lives, because need is not the best foundation to build a life upon; it is tenuous and shaky and ever-changing. It can fill us with agendas and demands and expectations, often leaving us anxious or depressed or angry or frustrated or all of the above. Thus, when we build our lives around what we need—or what we think we need—we place ourselves at the mercy of mood, whim, and circumstance.
But when we finally realize that all we really need is “God alone,” everything begins to fall into place. Oh, not in circumstantial terms maybe, but in terms of our inner landscape—the state of the heart and soul. The saints called this detachment. It is the ability to be okay regardless of what is going on around us. It is not allowing our well-being to get too “attached” to things that can, and will, change, but fully attaching our well-being to the One who never changes—God alone. Only then will we be the people he created us to be, and only then will we be able to love the way he created us to love.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)