Psalm 61 & 62: God Is Our Refuge
Verse of the Day: (62:8) Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
1. God Is Our Rock (61:1-8)
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (61:2)
Some say that real men never cry, but let us know that crying is normal as it is the release of our emotions. However, we should cry to God and pour out our hearts before Him, as He is our Rock and Comforter who truly understands us. David experienced many trials in his life, but God kept comforting him as he cried to Him. David was thankful to God, his Rock, who helped him time and again since the day he believed in Him until the day he would be promoted to His kingdom above. Indeed, there was never a time when God did leave David, but He was with him through the brightest and the darkest moment of his life. This was why David sang praises to God, and served Him to the end. Let us thus trust and obey God, our Rock, as He builds His churches and our lives, so that no one, not even the devil and his demons, can divide and destroy His kingdom. (Matthew 16:17-19)
2. God Is Our Refuge (62:1-9)
In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. (62:7)
Indeed, God is not just our Rock, but He is also our Refuge, as we hide in Him during the storms of our lives. David was very thankful and grateful to God who was His Rock and Refuge throughout his sojourn on this earth filled with difficulties and dangers. Even the weeping Prophet Jeremiah when he was persecuted cried to God for refuge and strength. Indeed, let us cry to God as He is our Refuge in the day of affliction. (Jeremiah 16:19-21)
3. God Is Our Riches (62:10-12)
Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. (62:10)
There are many paradoxes in the Christian life, and the reason is that God’s way is beyond man’s understanding. (Isaiah 55:8-13) David was a great example of God’s spiritual richest upon him even though he was a poor shepherd boy. God specially chose him, instead of the rest of the warriors of Israel, to overcome Goliath, the Philistine giant, Israel’s great enemy. In the years ahead, God then blessed David with both spiritual as well as material blessings as he became the King of Israel. Indeed, God through Apostle Paul commended the churches of Macedonia that though they were poor, yet they gave in the riches of their spirituality by giving their lives to Him. Let us therefore give ourselves to God, as His eternal riches far outweigh the riches of this world. (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You are my Refuge and Rock in time of trouble.