Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Song of Trust in God Alone
To the leader: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
3 How long will you assail a person,
will you batter your victim, all of you,
as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4 Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah
5 For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
9 Those of low estate are but a breath,
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no confidence in extortion,
and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
according to their work.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
The Washington Post asked readers to sum up 2020 in one word or phrase. They received over 2,000 submissions and reported on those last week. The top three submissions were: Exhausting, Lost, and Chaotic. Do those words resonate with you?
Psalm 62 is a song of trust in God alone and gives us three words of advice that are appropriate in the face of the three words about 2020: Wait, Pray, and Obey.
The Lord provides a path to rest and peace, says the psalmist, and that path can be summed up in those words.
Wait. The writer of Psalm 62 says, “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him” (v. 5). So often we feel pressure just to do something—anything—when waiting in silence is the best thing we can do. We often say, “Don’t just sit there—do something.” Sometimes better advice is, “Don’t just do something—sit there.”
Wait in silence. Wait for God. Wait for the One who is our source of hope. The psalm-writer says that God “is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God” (vv. 6-7).
Pray. Waiting in silence is important, but it’s also important to pray. “Trust in [God] at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us” (v. 8). In prayer, we share with God our deepest thoughts and desires and in so doing we even make ourselves more aware of what is going on in our lives and inside ourselves. In prayer, we take the time to discern God’s will and way for living our lives. In prayer, we become more aware of the peace and strength God gives us to face whatever is going on in our lives. As we pray for others, we become more aware that we are not alone and that God is calling us to be a part of helping address the pain in our world.
Obey. The psalmist says, “Put no confidence in extortion,” says the psalmist, “and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them” (v. 10). The psalmist is calling on us to set our hearts on what God desires. Who does God call us to be? What does God call us to do? In difficult times, like 2020, following Jesus means loving and serving in a way that makes our world a better place.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster