Praying Psalm 62:5-8
One of the things that make us Christ-followers is an unshakable confidence that when the dust finally settles, we know with absolute certainty, that God wins. And in Christ, we win when God wins. In fact, the truth is, God has actually already won. His sovereign plan for his victory, which means our victory in Christ, is already finished where God exists. Because God exists outside of time.
And so, the battle between good and evil may still be playing out here – and it certainly is in our culture. This is critical – where God exists, it is finished!
Three years ago, Chuck Swindoll, that incredible storyteller, and eloquent writer wrote a blog that started with 2 Timothy 3.
2 Timothy 3:1-3 (NLT)
3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.
2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.
3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.
And here’s what Chuck Swindoll wrote about our culture in light of these verses, just three years ago, early 2018. The world is a powder keg. Anger lunges into physical violence at the slightest provocation. Depression and isolation explode into murder. Individuals lash out at both strangers and friends from computer screens, filled with rage over one another’s political views.
How much truer is that today than it was just three years ago? And even worse, how much truer may that be three years from now? Now, more than ever, we need to know that God wins. And if we have given our lives to Jesus Christ, then in Christ we win when God wins. And because of all of that, in light of all of that, what I want to do with you today is pray through Psalm 62:5-8.
Psalm 62:5-8 (NLT)
5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
And Lord, I say today, my soul, all that I am will wait silently, will wait quietly, and will wait only upon you, Lord. Because, Lord, in the end, my hope and my expectation are in you alone. And Lord, I do pray for our culture, and I pray especially for those closest to me that we would stop turning away from you and instead turn toward you. But, Lord, I commit today to trust confidently in you. I commit to wait confidently in you. And Lord, I commit today to hope confidently in you.
6 He (Lord, you) alone is (are) my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
You alone, Lord, are my rock. You alone are my salvation. Lord, you alone are my defense, my strong fortress, my strong tower where I will not be shaken, Lord, I will not be moved in you. And so, Lord, I will stand and I will continue to stand in you. I will stand in the spiritual armor of Ephesians 6, Lord, and you, Lord, will be my fortress, and I will not be shaken, I will not be moved.
7 (Lord) My victory and honor come from God (you) alone. He (You, my God) is (are) my refuge, (you, Lord, are) a rock where no enemy can reach me.
With you alone, God, rests my victory and my confident hope. You alone are my rock on unyielding strength. You are my refuge, my security, and you, Lord, are my shelter in the storm. And so, I will trust, and I will wait confidently in you.
8 O my people, trust in him (God) at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Selah.
Lord, God, I will trust in you. Lord, I will lean on you. Lord, I will rely on you, and Lord, I will have confidence in you alone at all times, in every circumstance, and in every situation. And Lord, I pour out my heart to you alone because you alone, Lord, are my true refuge, and my true fortress, and my true strength. Lord, selah.
The Hebrew word “Selah” means literally “to pause” or “to take a breath.” It’s primarily a musical term, but it is such an awesome reminder to us when we see it in the Psalms. It’s a reminder that we need to pause, that we need to take a breath, that we need to stop for a moment and review what we just read. And these verses definitely fit that need. Selah. Pause and take a breath, and review, meditate on what God has just spoken to you.
Thank you, Lord, Jesus, for your life-changing power, for your living Word, and for your Holy Spirit in us that gives us such great confidence that in you, Jesus, victory has already been won. In your name, and for your glory, Lord, amen.
Selah. Have a confident day. And know that when all the dust finally settles, God wins!
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