“Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8
David, the author of Psalm 62:8, reveals two important commands and a promise all in one small verse.
Command #1: Trust in Him at all times
Can we really imagine what our lives would be like if we truly trusted God at ALL times? We would experience total peace, avoid all anxiety, and be in harmony with His will constantly. Trusting God means giving up our own control and yielding to Him. Because of our human sin nature, this is very hard to do and a continual struggle in the lives of most Christians. Perhaps an intentional daily focus on trusting Him is a starting point.
Command #2: Pour out your heart before Him
I asked my husband what it means to pour out our hearts to God and he quickly answered, “It means a full surrender to God.” I’m sure if we asked that question to other people, we would find a wide range of answers. But I believe my husband nailed it when he referred to an emptying, a humility, and a surrender to God. What does pouring out your heart to God mean for you?
Promise: God is a refuge for us
A refuge is a shelter or protection from danger or trouble. With all the suffering, trials, and difficulties in our earthly realm, I am extremely grateful God provides the refuge from them all. This concept is repeated many times throughout the Bible (see Psalm 46:1, 2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 7:1, and Proverbs 30:5) as if God knows we need to hear it repeatedly. The word “pinion” is only used a handful of times in the Bible, but for me it provides a perfect word picture of the protection/refuge God provides. Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.” Oh what comfort I find to know I can seek refuge under God’s strong, powerful, protective wing!
David appropriately ends this verse with “Selah.” Selah is used 71 times in the Psalms alone. It’s meaning is uncertain, but many scholars believe it means “to pause.” That makes so much sense as it is used often at the end of a profound and meaningful Psalm. It reminds us to pause and meditate on the full meaning and application to our lives.
Prayer: Dear Lord, show me what it means to pour out my heart to You! Give me the strength, will, and courage to trust You at ALL times. Thank You for being my shelter and refuge. Let me be relentless and persistent in my pursuit of You. Thank You that You provide all the protection I need. Let me pause throughout my day to give You all the glory! You are holy, worthy, and greatly to be praised!