Paul Tripp

President of Paul Tripp Ministries

Psalm 27: Hearts at Rest


"Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear..."

I would like to say
my heart is at rest,
but I can't.
I would like to think
I always rest in God's care,
but I don't.
I would love to declare
my faith is unwavering,
but it isn't.
I wish it was a fact
fear is a thing of my past,
but it simply isn't.
It would be nice to know
trust's struggle is over,
but it isn't.
I wish I never wanted
to be
my own sovereign,
but I do.
I want to have unbroken rest
the hand of God's love,
but I don't.
I long to face difficulty
question or doubt,
but I don't.
I do not want to
my Father's love,
but I do.
I wish I never questioned
Lord's good plan,
but I do.
The struggle is better
it once was,
but not done.
My rest is more consistent
it used to be,
but not complete.
My heart enjoys a greater ease
in earlier days of faith,
but unrest comes.
I have lived with you
seen your care,
but questions come.
I have seen you do
I could not have conceived,
but still doubt.
I have been in awe
the provisions of your grace,
but anxiety comes.
I have submitted myself
your will and way,
but still rebel.
So with rest in your forgiveness
confidence in your power,
I come.
With a needy heart
craves your help,
I pray:
"Help me Father today
let go of my need,
to always understand.
Enable me to live in rest
I don't know before
what will happen.
Help me to have a restful heart
opposition is great,
and all I have is you."

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About Paul Tripp

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." Tripp is also professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. Tripp has written many books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children. For more information, visit

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