All too often we tend to look to anyone/anything other than the Lord for answers to life’s challenges. In fact, we would rather trust flesh and blood than we would the Lord for most everything. Sad, but true.
“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” (Psalm 62:8)
David, when he wrote this Psalm, had dealt with misplaced confidence. He saw the error of his way, quickly repented, and wrote these words: “Trust in him at all times – pour out your heart before him.”
When you are faced with a major disappointment, to whom do you run? Your best friend? Your internet friends? Where do you take your disappointments, hurts, disillusionments, rejections? Unfortunately, most of us take our problems everywhere but to the Lord. David found himself on the run, alone and away from all that he found comfort in. Yet, his cry was for all of us (“ye people”) to trust in the Lord, to take our problems to the Lord, to trust Him to take care of us and protect us, and to pour out our hearts to Him, not anyone else.
It is so easy to pick up the phone and dial your closest friend and pour out your heart when someone has let you down or hurt you. But God is calling you to use Him as your refuge, to run to Him with every issue of life. He alone can help and He alone has the ability to change the circumstances.
“God is a refuge for us.” The word “refuge” comes from a Hebrew word that translates as “to flee for protection, to confide in, to have hope and to have trust.” Taking that into consideration, read the words of the Psalmist once again:
“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
Do you see it? Because of his own experience, David is admonishing us to flee to God for protection, to confide in God when misused and abused, to have hope that He will lead you out of the situation, and to trust God alone.
Don’t waste your trust on man. Put your trust in God, tell Him all that troubles you, and let Him be your refuge, your confidant, and your hope. Selah!
Father, forgive me for not running to You first with my problems. Lord, help me to remember that You are ALWAYS there for me, longing to be my confidant, wanting to be my refuge in my time of desperation and need. Lord, help me to remember that there is NO ONE more trustworthy than You, there is NO ONE to offer consolation like You, and there is NO ONE like You in whom I can hide in my time of trouble. Draw me to You, Lord, and help me find my refuge in You always. In Jesus’ name, amen and amen.
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” (Jeremiah 17:5)
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