Sabbath, the invitation to enter into the rest of God, is a command:
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
In the midst of a culture racked by anxiety and obsessed with production, God calls His people to think and live differently. Moreover, as verse 11 points out, Sabbath is an invitation to imitate God, resting as He did after the awesome task of creating the world.
As a church, we believe that Sabbath is one of the key ways we practice being the people of God. By submitting to this holy rest, we cultivate an experience of gratitude and intimacy with Him. Oddly enough, this command to do nothing is a constant struggle for many of us. It takes effort and intentionality to disengage from our work and stress, even for one day.
On your next Sabbath, we invite you to consider a little exercise: write a psalm (or song) that asks God to transform your heart through rest.
The gallery below features examples from a few of our pastors and directors, who recently underwent this exercise. While a few of these individuals are in their element when songwriting, for others it was new and even a little awkward. We likewise invite you to step out of your comfort zone and simply express your desire for transformation to God.