23 June 2011

Some Much Needed Encouragement

My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken
Psalm 62:1-2

I cry aloud to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out my complaint before him;
before him I tell my trouble.
I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, "You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living."
Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need
Psalm 142: 1-2, 5-6

As I study David, via Beth Moore, the psalms that he wrote are truly coming to life for me. A few days ago when I posted I shared that I continue to struggle with fears and the biggest part of that is TRUST. As I've studied my bible this week, God is encouraging me and I pray that the words I share today will encourage some of you too.

The message of Psalm 62 is Trust in God at all times. The key phrase for me is...at all times, in every circumstance. I am memorizing all of Psalm 62, reading it each night before I close my eyes...letting the words be the last thing I remember each night and when I wake the next day. It's powerful. My soul finds rest in God alone...rest - being quiet, waiting, ceasing, stopping. The only time I am truly at rest is when I am focused on Him.

Psalm 142 is a prayer from David when he was in a cave. So, imagine being in a dark place and crying out to God. It doesn't have to be a literal cave, just a dark place in life. Beth Moore raised six points about David from this psalm. David prayed, cried aloud, poured out his complaint to God, rehearsed his trust in God, longed for God's presence, and confessed his desperate need. She points out that the goal for crying out to God is meant to bring us rest. We cry ourselves to trust. When I thought about that statement, I imagined literally crying and God washing his peace over me. These days I cry a lot, at times for silly reasons, but also for real reasons. I cry out and tell Him my heart...he already knows, so I might as well lay it all out. Like David I cry aloud and pour out my complaints and long for God's presence. The area I struggle with is trust. It's as if I can feel God's presence, but hard for me to trust His presence. I know in my mind that he will never leave me nor forsake me, but when my heart is hurting that is hard to comprehend. Each day I must chose to trust HIM and only HIM. I am human and I will continue working on it...with God by my side.

Beth Moore describes David's heart so perfectly:
David's Godlike heart: He viewed his heart as a pitcher, and he poured everything in it on his God, whether it was joy or sadness, bitterness or fear. David not only poured out his heart as personal practice; he urged others to do the same.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8

Have a blessed day my dear friends! Be encouraged!
Love always,

1 comment:

  1. Sister! This is a wonderful post and JUST what I needed. He's using you! :)
    I love the phrase, "We cry ourselves to trust."
    I am having trouble trusting too, so know you aren't alone.
    I love you and I can hardly wait to become Aunt KateKate again!