5Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. –Psalms 62:5-8
When the storms of life roll in, where, or to whom, do you turn to for refuge? For hope in trying times? Who do you pour your heart out to? I think if most of us were completely honest with ourselves, the answers to the above questions would seldom include God. Do you find that you turn to your co-workers, Christian friends, spouse, or s for advice and encouragement? Or do you rely on your own strength or resources to get you through?
The word “refuge” when broken down into its Latin root words literally means to “turn and flee to, over and over.” God intended for our refuge to be in Him—that we might be able to put our full trust in Him and share what is on our heart and mind with Him—not only in difficult times, but all of the time. Continuously seeking God and submitting ourselves to Him is an act of genuine worship. We must be careful not to seek out others over God, or to place others in a role that God intended that only He would fill, otherwise we risk falling into the trap of idolatry—worshipping something or someone other than God. God desires and is worthy of all of our worship!
What would happen if you continually poured your heart out to God and truly sought refuge in Him? We invite you to leave your comments below.
Angela Naugle currently serves as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She graduated from Baylor University and has her Masters in Social Work from Texas Christian University.