Lent 2019 – Day 27

By on 01/04/2019

Trust in God Alone

Monday 1st April

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is refuge for us. (Psalm 62:8)

Psalm 62 is called ‘Song of trust in God alone,’ and during Lent we are pressing in and trusting God more to take us to a deeper level. It is written as a great model of prayer for Lent.

The psalm is written by David and he is telling people to trust God in all circumstances, and at all times because God is worthy of our confidence. David trusts that God is reliable and constantly rests on his strength and is calling us to do the same.

Firstly, David calls us to total trust in God in all times. This is not based on levels of trust but on constantly trusting because God is worthy to be trusted. Are you trusting God in all your circumstances because that is what ‘all times’ means? Not just the best and worst times but all the times in between. So often I know I go off in a direction in my own strength and then when it goes wrong, I turn to God for help. Trusting at all times is a challenge for every one of us.

Secondly our prayer is not only to be constant, but also it is to be honest. David instructs us to pour out your hearts before him. For David, trusting in God is praying to God. Not just any prayer but a prayer which comes deep within the heart. So often our prayers can be head-prayers, or asking prayers or even sorry prayers but this is calling for prayers from the bottom of our hearts – the deepest place.

Thirdly David instructs us to constantly pour out our whole heart in prayer, but specifically to do so before him that is becoming aware of being in God’s presence. Lent is a time of seeking God and deliberately placing ourselves ‘before Him.’ How can you be more aware of His presence as you go to a deeper level this Lent?

Finally, David recognizes that God is our refuge. As a young son flies to his Father in the midst of hurt or fear, so too can we fly to our heavenly Father who promises to work out all things for those who love him. God is our constant refuge and strength in all circumstances – he is always waiting for us to come to Him or come back to Him.

This gives us a beautiful picture of prayer. It is prayer which stems from continual trust in a trustworthy God. It is prayer which pours out the whole heart before God. And it is prayer which knows God as a Saviour and that rests in His merciful refuge. What is your prayer today?

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. I want to have David’s confidence in praying a ‘Song of trust for God alone.’ You are so trustworthy, and I want to pour out my heart to you, always seeking out your presence because you are my Saviour and my refuge. Amen.

Written by
Sandra Purcell: Responsible for assisting Bruce with his Ministry as well as research and resource development.

18 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 27

  1. As I lie in a heap in despair I pray to you dear Lord to help me get through these trying times. My son is not in a good place and my husband is fighting his own demons unable to support me in supporting our son. I feel unbelievably alone and beg you for mercy as I know you will carry me when I’m down.
    Help me to be strong in front of my family.

    1. It is such an encouragement! I have been ill constantly for over two years but the Lord has gone before me and blessed me in so many ways. I feel a thankful heart for all He is doing in spite of my circumstances. It’s good to have a word to bless others so thank you

    2. It is such an encouragement! I have been ill constantly for over two years but the Lord has gone before me and blessed me in so many ways. I feel a thankful heart for all He is doing in spite of my circumstances. It’s good to have a word to bless others so thank you This the first time I have made a comment!

    3. Lydia, continue to let God be your support. Your story could be my story. My husband has very little support or faith in my judgements and yet I have raised our family and taken care of finances for 65 years today. Our son is on disability and has great health problems and God is the support I have had all these years. He will always be there for you and love and care for you both in all trials and tribulations. There will be times that are worse than others but through it all GOD is on Your side and your rock. KEEP THE FAITH.

  2. Thank you, Sandra! Beautifully put.sometimes it is so easy to skim across the surface when God wants us to go deeper, to be the person we are meant to be. Thank you again for this reminder.

  3. When I have a problem, first I worry,then I worry some more. Then I try ways to solve it. I try several things,nothing works. So finally I say okay Lord, you can have my problem. I let go and some how it all goes away.Sally

  4. I pray that I c@n trust God ‘in all times’….taking so much for granted in good times can be my error.
    I also prayer for those, who like me need now ‘to pour out my heart to the Lord.
    Blessings to all

  5. Lord I trust in you to Bring peace and joy and happiness between my beautiful wife and myself and our family

  6. This is a very timely and powerful message. I pray that I continue to put all my trust in the Lord and thank his for his presence in my life all the time. I will continue to pray for consistency and to follow David’s teaching and may the Lord help me Amen

  7. Thank you,such a clear and inspiring explanation of the psalm.
    Reading recently that “worry is a conversation with ourselves about something we cannot change, prayer 🙏🏻 is a conversation with God about something HE can change” has stuck me deeply being a worrier, I want to constantly remind myself of this

  8. Thank you for all of your words of comfort, encouragement, enlightenment and instruction. You are certainly making this my best Lent ever. God bless you all and please continue to help us to know God more deeply and to seek His company more often.

  9. I am dissapointed that despite my efforts I am not making greater strides at improving my relationship with God. Maybe he is treads for me yet but as Ian 89 this month I feel I don’t have time to waste.
    Please pray for me.

    1. Kathleen I am now going from preaching to meddling. I am like you 85 years of age and celebrating my 65 wedding anniversary today. Many years ago 1991 I wanted to have as close a relationship to God as I could and was encouraged to get the workbook PREFERRING CHRIST, it is a devotional Commentary and Work-book and the Rule of Saint Benedict.
      I am not a Catholic but found this to be one thing that brought me a desire to continue to study other books and finally teach others for many years at the Episcopal Church.
      Lectio divina means “divine reading” and it is being read with God’s spirit to open us up to be free. It is read for formation, not just information. It was such a help to me and I hope you can find it. Norvene Vest ,Oblate O.S.B.

  10. Thank you for such an inspiring piece. O! Lord, help me to trust in you, and in you alone, for you have promised me, that you will never abandon me, neither will you ever forsake me,for great is your faithfulness. Amen

  11. Thank you so much for the above message. Psalms 62 is one of my favorite chapters. This chapter has helped me through my trials and tribulations. Since the death of my son on 9/11/2018 struggles have increased, but through God’s Word I am finding peace with my self throughout the days and present. Trusting God with all my might is an assurance I know more than ever through His grace. Thank you God! Thank you Bruce and your staff for all your wonderful reflections.

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