When you speak two languages, y Dios usa los ambos.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. — Psalm 62: 5-8

Sólo en Dios halla descanso mi alma; de él viene mi esperanza. Sólo él es mi roca y mi salvación; él es mi protector y no habré de caer. Dios es mi salvación y mi gloria; es la roca que me fortalace; ¡Mi refugio está en Dios! Confía siempre en él, pueblo mío; ábrele tu corazón cuando estés ante él. ¡Dios es nuestro refugio! — Salmo 62: 5-8

It’s amazing that reading the Bible in two languages can add to your take-away from a study. In reading this passage, I picked out a few parallels that show me more about the meaning of the passage. This Bible passage has worked on my hard heart, and I’ve really been softened by God’s Word lately. Hearing these words two ways meant so much more, so I hope it touches you, too!

First, the English says that my soul finds rest in God, yet the Spanish says that ONLY in God I will find rest for my soul. The English says that in God, you will not be shaken, and the Spanish says that in God, you will not fall. The English says that my salvation and my honor depend on God, and the Spanish says that God is my salvation and my glory. Pour out your hearts to him, or open your hearts when you stand before him.

Only in God, you will have rest. You might find rest in God, but have you ever realized that he is the ONLY source of your rest? I find true rest when I solely look to him as my hope. You will not only be firm in God, you cannot be shaken or fall out of his caring hands.

Do you ever feel beat up by others, undervalued, unloved, unnoticed, or not cared for? Well, not only does your honor and dignity come from him, but His glory is the source of your value. When you feel like no one cares about you and you are not worth dying for, remember that your value doesn’t even come from who you are. Your value and honor comes from a Savior that lived for you, died for you, and shows his glory through your life. Do you feel worthless? Your honor and glory, your dignity and value, come from someone much more amazing than yourself (or than what others fully realize when they don’t know him or worship him).

Finally, have you poured out your heart to him, not only emptied it but left it open for him to fill up? See, until you are emptied of the gross stuff that fills your heart, until you have opened your heart and given your battles to God, your heart will not be transformed and made new. You must fully empty your heart to Him, allow him to be your refuge, and your heart will be filled with his hope and glory. It will finally find its rest.


P.S. Spanish and English are so much alike, yet even the similar Bible translations are still a great resource for side-by-side study. If you speak or read another language, too, or are interested in more studies let me know! Drop me a line on the contact page and I’d love to study one of your favorites, too!