July 9, 2023 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

The Lord Who Gives Rest

Rest is elusive; as each day ends, we must confess with Paul in today’s Epistle “to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.” In our tiredness, the mirror shows that we are wretched indeed. But Zechariah wrote of a day when the battle would be over, thanks to a coming king, who would set the prisoners free. His description points us to Jesus on Palm Sunday; His death and resurrection have set us free from our bondage to sin. His compassion for us shows in His prayer of thanksgiving to our heavenly Father. In our Savior, we find the rest we need each day. Compared to the failing struggle we engage in daily, His yoke is easy, His burden is light. As David wrote in the psalm, “The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down.” He gives rest for the soul!