And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.…
(ver. 6. with Psalm 37, ver. 7): — These verses utter man's cry for rest, and God's response to it. Man wants to fly away, but that would be of no use. Our rest is in God. The world hopes there will be rest in the grave. But there is rest now.
I. WHAT IS REST?
1. It is not mere quiescence and inactivity. The rest of the glorified is perpetual service, and our rest is in the fulfilling of the purposes for which we were created.
2. Nor is it freedom from responsibility, or conflict, or difficulty, or sorrow.
3. But it is rest in the midst of them all.
II. AND THIS IS POSSIBLE; for God is the home of the soul, The wicked it is who are like the troubled sea, though many Christians are often troubled enough. But if they have right to be so, then the Scriptures are not true. For they are full of promises of rest. And experience declares such rest possible. Wordsworth's lines, "There are in this loud stunning tide," etc.
III. THE SOURCES OF UNREST. These are unbridled passions; unexplained mysteries; unlimited cares; unsatisfied affections. But there is not one of these in which we may not rest in the Lord.
IV. THIS REST INVOLVES KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. Submission; trust.
Parallel VersesKJV: And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.