by: Carole L. Haines
The Lord will send His goodness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
a prayer to the God of my life.
I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries taunt me,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Why are you in despair, my soul?
And why are you restless within me?
Wait for God, for I will again praise Him
For the help of His presence, my God. (Psalm 42:8-11)
I am weary down deep in my bones. Have you ever felt that way? There’s a bone-aching, soul-weariness that can come over us in life sometimes. I am there right now. Life just keeps moving while every molecule in my body is seeking rest. But life doesn’t just stop for us, to give us that break. We must seek this kind of rest from God.
This Psalm talks about the oppression of the enemy. That’s not always Satan, or a human being. Our circumstances can feel like an enemy sometimes. Stress, pressure, deadlines, loss, grief; all these things and more can bring about exhaustion within us at the deepest levels. These things cause anxiety and anxiety causes pain.
Here is the science of bone-achiness:
There are many reasons that people who have anxiety feel increased joint pain. Stress inflammation is one of the most common issues inside the body. Pro-inflammatory cytokines are molecules that can be released by many things, one being stress. When you have anxiety you experience long-term stress, and as a result your body continually produces these cytokine molecules. Inflammation caused by these molecules cause your joints to swell and ultimately leads to more pain in your movements. (Ten Unlikely things that cause joint pain, ANIKA, August 22, 2018)
There is a God-given need for rest. God Himself rested on the 7th day from all His work in Creation. He placed it in His Ten Commandments, this call for a Sabbath Rest. Our bodies, minds, souls and spirits were designed for intermingled periods of work and rest. We all function poorly without enough sleep each day. I am seeking the Lord for actual breaks in my life to provide this Rest, but I can also do my part and cut out some things that are unnecessary in my life right now. If you are feeling bone-weary as I am, seek the Rest that only the Lord can provide. He will make a way for Rest to come and refresh you deep down to in your bones.