Pourin' off of every page
Like it was written in my soul..."
I thought of those words from the Bob Dylan song, Tangled Up in Blue, when I read Psalm 62, for my morning devotions. This psalm, with its reminder of the fleeting nature of life on earth and its determined reliance on the only true, eternal foundation for life, God, seems like the perfect message for us in this time of financial crisis and anxiety, an antidote that both chastens and comforts us for our reliance on anything but God.
Here it is...
from him comes my salvation.
2He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
How long will you assail a person,
will you batter your victim, all of you,
as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.
For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7On God rests my deliverance and my honour;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
8Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
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.
10Put no confidence in extortion,
and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11Once 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.