Psalm 62: 1-8
1 My soul finds rest in God alone; My salvation comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
3 How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down — this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless, But in their hearts they curse.
5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; My hope comes from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
I love the way this verse slips from sheer gratitude into a tyrant and back into the wonderful loving words, “for God is our refuge.” God is our refuge. I know that, yet I often catch my thoughts slipping away like a pendulum on an old Grandfather clock into thoughts that are not such a haven for my soul. The swing is stealth, unhurried and sly.
I love the way I feel on the days that I have gratitude in my heart and on my mind. I am light and happy, free from guilt, pain, anguish, and those same thoughts that drag on in my brain like a broken record. I strive for those restful days every day. I am also realistic enough to know that not every day will be like those glorious days. God gave us the power to control our thoughts, our actions, our words and our emotions. I like to remind myself that truly, we don’t have much power over anything else in our lives. That thought keeps me going to God each day asking for his strength, his courage, his wisdom and his salvation, so that I may have what he wants for me, which is a life full of love and peace.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to live my life in the way that would honor you in all that I do and say and think and feel. Please remind me of your strength, your love and your awesome power. Help me to make the choices you would have me make so that I can live the life you meant for me to live. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.