Hope in the quiet

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Life can be crushing.

People will turn evil.

Emptiness will come.

Hurt will run deep.

And then our own sins find us out.

Where do you go? Who is there to bind the wounds of your heart? Where is your hope?

There is a river that runs from life through death to life again. It is the river of hope and strength when all else seems lost. One hell-bent man can bring a nation to its knees. One angry burst of words can send a relationship over the edge. One lost moment of anger and lust can devastate the soul.

Where do you go,

where do you flee,

where is peace,

where is hope?

There is a river that runs true and deep.
There is a refuge strong and sure.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

Psalm 62  speaks of hope.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Dr. Mark Futato sheds needed light on the power of these words to bring hope to our troubled hearts. You will guard and enrich your heart by meditating on these precious insights from this psalm.

David had grown in confidence through the process of prayer.Whereas he began being confident that he would not be severely shaken, he came to the place of being confident that he would not be shaken at all.Quieting his heart before God had changed David.

From this psalm, we learn the importance of taking time to be quiet before God when there is turmoil in our lives. Our temptation is to move into high gear to stay ahead of the storm. While there is a time and place for action, our activity is often a form of self-reliance. So our external pace is as hectic as our internal space.Quieting our souls before God and centering on him as the source of our well-being will produce the state of heart and mind needed to take action when appropriate.

Deliverance from difficulties, our sense of dignity and self-worth, and our security in life come from God alone.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.