Through the Bible In One Year

Day 78

Psalm 62:1-12

Truly my soul finds rest in God;

my salvation comes from him.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault me?

Would all of you throw me down—

this leaning wall, this tottering fence?

Surely they intend to topple me

from my lofty place;

they take delight in lies.

With their mouths they bless,

but in their hearts they curse.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;

my hope comes from him.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God;

he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, you people;

pour out your hearts to him,

for God is our refuge.

Surely the lowborn are but a breath,

the highborn are but a lie.

If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;

together they are only a breath.

Do not trust in extortion

or put vain hope in stolen goods;

though your riches increase,

do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken,

two things I have heard:

“Power belongs to you, God,

and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;

and, “You reward everyone

according to what they have done.”

Today’s psalm expresses a foundational truth by which every Christian should live.  And that foundational truth is this: in times of trouble, suffering or opposition, we must depend on God as our refuge and rescuer.  And all of those who trust God should be able to say these three things:

  1. I will not allow any trouble, crisis or suffering to shake my confidence in God.  Not only does my salvation—my relationship with God—come from him, but he is my rock—my source of stability—the one who protects and shelters me from all the storms of life.
  2. In times of worry or threat, I will commit myself to him and with truthfulness and honesty tell him all that is in heart.
  3. I will wait patiently for the Lord to take action in his time and way.  Knowing he will respond with wisdom and compassion for my situation.

And when we say and more importantly do these three things then we will be able to say like the psalmist in the verse that we started with, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Tomorrow’s Bible Readings:

Numbers 30-31, Luke 4:1-30, Psalm 63:1-11 and Proverbs 11:20-21

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