January 23, 2021
Ed and Pat Helton
Rising Fawn UMC
Scenic South District
Psalm 62: 5-8
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God[a];
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
I mentioned to my wife that I felt drawn to this scripture for my devotion this month. She was surprised because she had also selected it for a lesson with a group of ladies that she meets with weekly (Note: Yes, I use the lectionary, however, she does not.). I was not really surprised; this scripture is a definite “Go To” scripture during a time of trouble in someone’s life. The message is clear and is repeated in all four verses: God is all. He is everything: hope, rock, honor, and refuge.
Without God, there is no hope in this world. Not having hope is a bleak thought. The good news is that because of God’s promises, we have hope of a God who is faithful to us. God redefines what is probable and opens a path to the impossible.
God is like a rock. Storms may pass, but the rock of God is unmoved. God is the Almighty! God is mightier than anything of this world or the universe. God is just not a source of strength; God is our only strength.
My honor, my value to my family, neighbor, and self all derive from God. Christ said, “… if any man serves me, him will my Father honor” (John 12:26). Without God in my life, I can have no honor.
God is our refuge. God shelters us and watches over us in a harsh world. Realizing this will enable us to trust God more freely and not fear situations or people who threaten us. Remember, there is no situation that we can face that is beyond God. When we do go through storms in our own lives, we are assured that God never leaves or forsakes us (Deut. 31:6).
I said in my opening paragraph, this is a definite “Go To” passage in a time of trouble. But the more I think about it, I believe that might actually be a misuse of these scriptures. Instead of waiting for there to be a problem or a time of trouble where we run to these verses, we should address this passage before we begin the day. If God is really our hope, rock, honor and refuge, should we not be reminding ourselves (and honoring God by doing so) daily what God is and why this passage is so important to our lives? The Word should come before trouble and not after.
Father God, help us to not just realize what you are, but to also remember the order of things. But, more importantly, we should realize where you come in our lives. You are first, not because of what you can do to us or for us but because You Father, are God. You are the Almighty. You are everything. Amen.