This a testimony about my experiences of struggle and rest during worship and work and my understanding of these. Scripture reveals a close relationship between Rest and Faith.
Isa_30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
Isa 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
Distracting thoughts were frequent. Attempts to resist them failed when I was
out of the will of the Lord, or giving undue attention to them.
Victory resulted from asking the Lord for grace, and from entering into a position of rest (obtained by His Grace).
Faith leads to Rest and Rest leads to Faith
I found that entering into His rest during worship is ultimately based on faith. Faith that He is the answer, the only answer to every question in my life. In the same way, I found that faith grows by my experience of rest and peace during worship.
In worship, the Lord is present, the results of faith and unbelief are immediately obvious and the Lord is there to give Mercy and Grace.
Heb 4:9-16 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (13) Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (14) Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.