5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us. (from Psalm 62) 

 

Dear Friends 

What, I wonder, is your image or picture of someone who truly trusts God? 

 

During this pandemic many Christians have found refuge and delight in Psalm 91, which speaks of God as our shelter, our shadow, our refuge and our fortress. The phrases here in the lovely Psalm 62 are similar—God as our hope, our rock, our salvation, our fortress, our refuge. It is wonderful, in this time of continued uncertainty and not a little fear, to know that our God is immoveable and forever dependable. In that light, it is perhaps easy to picture the person of faith, someone who truly trusts God in all circumstances, to be similarly immoveable, dependable, steady and calm. We think, you can spot someone of true trust in God a mile off, because he or she is never in a flap about anything! 

 

But look again at verse 8: 

 

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. 

 

Trust in him at all times—yes, we know we should. When life is all rosy and happy, trust him. When sickness or sadness strikes, trust him. When the agony of bereavement strikes, trust him. Yes, trust in him at all times. But also, pour out your hearts before him. If this trust means a life and a heart that is all calm and steady and almost unmoved, why would we be urged to pour out our hearts to him? There would be nothing to pour! The point is, your heart is full of worry—pour it out before him. Your heart is full of sorrow—pour it out to him. Your heart is troubled by any number of things—pour it out before him. Faith is not living without these heartaches; faith is pouring them out before the Lord. Psalm 62 is not, ‘Trust in him and then you will not need to pour out your heart’. No. ‘Trust in him AND pour out your heart to him.’ In fact, your pouring out your heart before God is the evidence that you do, indeed, trust him. 

 

It is a simple point. It may be an obvious point. But it is such an important point: Faith, trust in God, is not an absence of fear, worry, grief, pain. Faith is not being unmoved by troubles and difficulties. Faith is not living without such feelings. Faith is having somewhere to take them, or, rather, someone to whom we can take them. Faith is that relationship where we can pour out these things before God. Which is why Jesus, in Gethsemane, did not pray, ‘Father, I feel fine’, but, ‘Father, my heart is overwhelmed with sorrow.’ And he poured it out before God.  

 

We know that our children trust us when they talk to us about anything and everything. Let’s cultivate such a trust in our own heavenly Father. 

 

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. 

 

Your brother in Christ 

Philip 

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