Scripture: Psalm 62
Key verses: (1-2) “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from God comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.“
Reflection: Do you trust in God no matter what is happening in your life? When life is going well, it is easy to trust in our own strength. Our stuff, our money, our position and our power all conspire to draw us away from God. When the economy fell into a deep recession eight years ago, people lost their jobs, businesses, homes, and life-savings. All of a sudden, our trust was put to the test. The way we viewed our security changed and we found out how unhappy or happy we were without the money and possessions that had come to define us. Many returned to God with renewed enthusiasm. We were reminded that God is a refuge for us.
There are always crises around us — some we experience directly and some we only observe in another person’s life. Every day, no matter our circumstances, we are called to place our trust in God. Sometimes we only do this when we have been driven to despair over our losses. Loss of health, loss of life, loss of innocence, loss of security, loss of relationships, and loss of our dreams are just some of the losses we face. We try to handle everything on our own — in our own strength — only to find out we don’t have the strength or resources to hold up under every stressful circumstance. This Psalm reminds us: to lay our burdens down and hope in God; to rest in God’s deliverance and learn to trust; to let God’s strength lighten the load and change our perspective. Let us encourage one another to trust in God’s power to transform our lives in the good times and in the bad.
Prayer: Faithful God, help us to trust in your loving kindness during times of challenge. Through your power may we find rest in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].