April 28, 2020
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 28 April 2020
Do you sometimes think you cannot trust God unless you know - with certainty - that you are truly being dependent upon Him (especially in times of adversity)? No person, pursuit, or possession should ever have greater precedence than God! The Lord alone is to be the believer’s trust, and not to regard God as the believer’s confidence is to be a victim to your feelings. Trusting God means firstly to commit your will to the Lord, that is, not being dependent upon your feelings. Decide to trust God as a matter of first priority, and then your emotions can be at peace.
Why should anyone trust God? The answer that Psalm 62 provides is that the Lord is trustworthy. Circumstances and emotions may seem to indicate that God cannot be trusted, yet Scripture declares that the Lord is always faithful. For this reason, Psalm 62:8 proclaims, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” The believer is able to unburden himself or herself to God because the Lord alone is his or her refuge.
Psalm 62 depicts the character of God. He is the believer’s “rock,” “salvation,” and “stronghold” so that the people of God “shall not be greatly shaken” (v. 2). God alone is the One who delivers, protects, and rescues. The believer is able to declare, “My times are in Your hands” (31:15a).
The circumstances for Psalm 62 involved enemies surrounding the psalmist (vv. 3-4). They may have been individuals once close to him because the psalmist described them as taking “delight in falsehood.” The psalmist’s enemies could be compared to “a leaning wall . . . a tottering fence.” His adversaries would be brought to a weakened state and were soon to fall. By contrast, the psalmist took refuge in the Lord and could therefore wait “in silence for God only” (vv. 1, 5). Faith and trust in the Lord results in “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension” (Phil 4:7).
The psalmist invited others to share his confident trust in the Lord God. The person who outpours his or her emotions to the Lord will find that God is truly “a refuge” (Ps 62:8c). People do need to trust others, and often are helped by the support that family and friends provide, yet (in the most genuine sense) the believer’s trust must be in God and not in other people. In contrast to human beings who are frail (v. 9), God alone can be trusted.
The Lord is able to deliver his people who trust Him, and to reward each person who trusts Him, “according to his work” (v. 12b). God will recompense the believer who trusts in Him. Wait patiently on the Lord because all power belongs to God and his “lovingkindness” is extended to his people (vv. 11-12). Nothing is impossible for God because He rules and overrules all, yet He is also loving and merciful, using his power to aid his people in the most difficult of circumstances. “At all times,” call to God for help, knowing power belongs to Him and lovingkindness is his.
Grace and Peace to You,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
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