And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:2-3 ESV)
God blessed the seventh day and made it holy: He sanctified it; He set it apart from all the others. God rested on this day; He was not inactive; He reflected upon His own Creation; He took pleasure in it; He saw that it was ‘good’, ‘very good’.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31 ESV)
Augustine said in “Confessions and Enchiridion”, “After all thy works of creation which were very good, thou didst rest on the seventh day, although thou hadst created them all in unbroken rest…thou art the Good, and needest rest, and art always at rest, because thou thyself art thy own rest.”
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
(Isaiah 40:28 ESV)
God needs no rest because He is tired or weary as His Word says He does not grow weary. God rests to survey His works and delight upon it all.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
(Genesis 1:27 ESV)
God created made for Himself. Man exists for God and for fellowship with Him. Man is to love and delight in all that delights God, in God Himself, His Creator, thus is man’s purpose of existence.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
(Matthew 22:37-38 ESV)
Man is obedient to His Creator.
You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
(Leviticus 20:26 ESV)
God sanctified a day for man to rest, to delight in all that delights his God, to rest in his God, to pray, to meditate, to calm the soul. Once again, Augustine said, “Thou has made us for thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in thee.”
It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
How great are your works, O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep!
(Psalm 92:1-5 ESV)
O, Precious Creator of mine, and all the world around me, You have brought me into Your Rest, into Your sweetness. You have soothed my very soul with Your Voice, with Your Hands, with Your Gentleness, with Your Love. O, LORD, thank You for this beautiful gift of rest. We lay by the creek, listening to the water flow over the rocks.
We see the lovely animals about:
We share the music of the clouds.
We watch Your magnificent sunsets.
We reflect upon the beauty of Your rugged mountains,
of Your open meadows,
of Your power upon the land.
I lay my head upon Your chest and know You are my God for the beauty of all Creation reflects You and You Alone. Blessed be my LORD. Blessed be my God. O, how I love You. Amen.
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