‘Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.’ (Psalm 62:8. NRSV)
We can always trust in God, in good times and bad, because God is always trustworthy, always faithful and always reliable – which is more than we are, no matter how hard we try to be!
It is because we can always trust him that we can ‘pour out’ our hearts before him. We know that he will take it seriously and more than that, as he see everything as it really is, he wants us to be honest and real with him.
Don’t be ‘British’ and pray a nice prayer when your heart is breaking! In our corporate prayer as well we need to get real with God and to ask him to unify our hearts before him.
Again God is our refuge, we can go to him when we feel we have nowhere else to go. He will always be there and we can always trust him, no matter what.
Lord Jesus, help us to be real with you in prayer. Help us to know that you are completely trustworthy so we can pour our hearts out to you no matter what else is happening. In your name we pray. Amen.
‘On God rests my deliverance and my honour; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.’ (Psalm 62:7. NRSV)
The psalmist’s deliverance and honour ‘rests’ on God. Resting here suggests to me complete reliance upon, and dependence in. It is like having all your eggs in one basket, in God, nowhere else.
As Christians we are to live from a place of rest in God, not of striving to reach a place of rest. We cannot be saved from our sins by striving, or be baptised in the Holy Spirit by striving. Those things only happen by the grace of God, so we need to rest in and trust him in all things.
I can definitely say that I agree with this. Jesus delivered me from my sins when I came to know him. He has delivered me from attacks of the enemy over the years and also very recently. I know that I can trust him to do it because he is able!
My honour also rests in him alone, the way that God has made some introductions recently (via Twitter) is really amazing. We should never apologise for being ourselves, but should try to be who God has called us to be. As long as we do this we can leave the rest to him and God will ‘exalt you in due time’ (1 Peter 5:6 NRSV).
God is the mighty rock, the bedrock, on which we stand – Jesus is that bedrock. My refuge is also in him, regardless of whatever else is happening I can always run to him for safety and security.
Father God, thank you that all we need is in you. And thank you most of all for Jesus who did everything that we could not, so that we could enter into your rest. In his name we pray. Amen.
‘For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.’ (Psalm 62:5-6. NRSV)
These verses are almost the same as the first two verses, they are nearly the same but not quite! It is like a refrain, a chorus in the psalm.
Three-quarters are the same and are well worth repeating, the quarter that is different is why the psalmist waits silently for God, ‘for my hope is from him’.
The psalmist is not hoping for God to do something, but is saying that his hope is from God. There is quite a difference between the two, both are quite valid, but we shall concentrate on the second as in this psalm.
To say that our hope is from God is a statement of your faith in God regardless of circumstances or feelings and is also a statement of trust in who God is.
Hope as a statement of faith says, ‘I know that God has things in hand, and that he has a hope and a future for me’.
Hope as a statement of trust says, ‘I believe that you are who you say you are, therefore your plans for me are good’.
If you feel hopeless then you will not keep going when things are tough. If you have hope, on the other hand, you will keep plodding on no matter what comes your way.
Father God, thank you that Jesus came to give hope to the hopeless. Thank you God that I can hope in you because of who you are. In Jesus’ name. Amen