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.