Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah —Psalm 62:8 (ESV)
I love waterfalls. Last summer my husband and I took a trip to the Smoky Mountains and hiked waterfalls. I love the refreshing energy and calming peacefulness of the water spilling over the rocks, trees and anything else in its path. It makes me think about Psalm 62:8.
Psalm 62:8 is one of my all-time favorite, go-to verses. It helps me so often when I feel like I’m about to burst! I might be overwhelmed, stressed, angry, inconvenienced, burdened, hurt, disappointed or discouraged. But I love how practical this verse is in building and strengthening my faith in the real life of my day.
The word for pour out literally means to gush forth, to spill over. Have you ever been there? When you don’t feel like you can contain that emotion or that comment that just has to come out of your mouth? When you feel you are about to explode in anger? I love how Psalm 62:8 encourages me with the fact that I can go to God at anytime —regardless of my mood or situation and pour out my heart to Him. How often have I found myself gushing and spewing in frustration or anger or when I have been hurt? And it’s usually not a pretty scene when this happens. Or maybe instead of being a “spewer”, you are a “stuffer”. Neither one is healthy. But when I take it to the Lord—He listens, loves, counsels and heals. He changes my perspective. When I practice Psalm 62:8, it gives me an opportunity to talk it out and get it off my chest. Many times I am hurt or angry and just need to vent. He is my safe place. I can share exactly how I’m feeling, what I’m thinking and I don’t have to worry that He will judge or reject me. Many times that is all we really need—a listening ear and place to vent our frustrations and feelings. He is our refuge! And we can be real before Him, He is a big God —the Lord God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Sovereign-ruler over all things. And He tells us in Psalm 139 that before a word is on our tongue, He already knows it! He is our Creator and knows our thoughts even before we do, so why do we feel we can’t get real and honest before Him?…continue reading