Psalm‬ ‭62 A Thousand Elsewhere

Psalm‬ ‭62

This is a beautiful Psalm that reminds me I can talk to Jesus like I talk to my husband or my therapist.

I can open my heart up, and spill it all out.

My hopes, my dreams, my desires, my struggles, my sins, my insecurities, my inabilities, my failures.

I can and so can you.

Pour out your heart before Him—find refuge in Him.

The term ‘refuge’ is found in the Psalms over 40 times. We read from

‘Refuge’ calls our attention first of all to sin and the wreckage it causes. When the Old Testament speaks of refuge, it is always in the context of a threat, something wrong or dangerous in the world. Sometimes the threat is physical, as in seeking refuge from a rain storm, shade from hot sun, or protection from adversaries. In other instances, the threat is spiritual or emotional, as in a refuge from shame or loneliness. But in all these cases, the Bible’s use of ‘refuge’ reminds us that we live in a world wrecked by sin—a world of dangers around us and brokenness inside us. We cannot avoid these realities, only seek shelter from them.

Yet the word ‘refuge’ also calls our attention to God’s power to save us from sin and its consequences. Many times, it references His ability to protect us from the dangers just described. He provides shelter in a storm, vindication in the face of shame, and friendship in times of loneliness. Even more significantly, the Lord is our refuge in the Day of Judgment. Though He will bring a day of reckoning for sin, He grants His people forgiveness and gives them refuge from His wrath. Indeed, the greatest need of all men and women is shelter from the horrible consequences of sin, and this word in Scripture reminds us that God offers such shelter. --- For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm‬ ‭62:5-8‬ ‭| ESV‬‬
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