Scripture: Psalm 62
Key verses: (8-12)
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
9 Those of low estate are but a breath,
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no confidence in extortion,
and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
according to their work.
Reflection: Life is often unfair, unjust, and insecure. It was in the psalmist’s day, in Jesus’ day, and it is in our world now. Foundations shake. Stability teeters. Usual and customary becomes unusual and unprecedented. Normal and uneventful days are interrupted by accident, illness, and sometimes loud, angry, justice-seeking voices that disrupt our calm complacency. Voices, internal and external, clamor for attention, raising the volume and the stakes to claim our attention and allegiance.
To whom do we turn for guidance? Who do we trust when the world is changing and our anchors are slipping?
God’s people have always asked that question. And they have also known the answer. Over and over again, in times of orientation and disorientation, the answer has been: trust in the Lord; God is our refuge; God is in control.
But this is not a passive, throwing up our hands, dependence on a parental figure. As the psalmist puts it: while the power belongs to God and we need to trust in God’s steadfast love, God still holds us accountable for our work in the world. In other words: If you are in a boat caught in a storm, pray for calm but row toward shore.
Prayer: Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord, and you are our refuge in difficult times. Help us to endure the challenge of difficult times while working to make our world into the kind of world you want it to be. In the name of the sovereign, powerful Lord. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[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].