Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah (Psalm 62:8 ESV)
Waiting is more bearable when you trust the person you’re waiting for. Psalm 62 is all about waiting…waiting for God, longing for Him through the ups and downs of life. Advent is about waiting–400 years of silence separated the Old Testament prophets from the angel’s announcement that the Messiah was on his way. Imagine a world without your favorite podcast, your Christian music stations, or a stirring worship service. Would you still trust God if you didn’t hear His voice?
To a longing soul the silences of God are almost unbearable. What do you do when God is silent? How do you react when silence is as thick as the darkness around you? David says, “Trust.” Trust in him at all times.
All means all. Webster adds, “the whole, total amount, quantity or extent of.”
In short, all means “all.” Trust in God at all times. This may surprise you but sometimes it is hardest to trust God when things are good. We are prone to think we accomplished something, we figured it out, we made it happen. We trust ourselves instead of God. Sometimes we trust others instead of God. We think our spouse can fill the emptiness, our friend can fill the void, or a new relationship is all we need. At times we trust other things instead of God. We rely on our bank account, our success at work, our academic achievements. Often we trust our health instead of God. We feel invincible, as if nothing can happen to change our current status.
None of these is ultimately trustworthy. Money fails. Health wanes. Friends disappoint. Work wearies.
It’s almost as if you can hear the pleading in David’s voice when he says, “O people; pour out your heart before him.” When God is silent, don’t stop praying. When your praying seems ineffective, pour out your heart before him. Don’t substitute others or other things. At all times pour out your heart before the Almighty.
Why? Because God is a refuge for us. He is a safe place. He can handle your cries. David also said…
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8 ESV)
God counts your sleepless nights. God bottles your tears. God journals your fears.
O, people pour out your heart before him.