DayBreaks for 10/07/13 – Taking the Axe to the Gates
Psalm 62:8 (NLT) – O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
We aren’t too keen about pouring out our hearts to people, are we? More often than not, it is probably because we aren’t sure that we can trust the person to who we speak with the innermost pains and thoughts of our deepest heart. And for good reason. We’ve been “had” before, betrayed by the very ones we thought we could trust forever. But we were wrong.
Some of us are just such introverts (including me) that we have a hard time sharing anything of a personal nature. I drive my wife crazy in this regard: she is eminently trustworthy but I struggle to open up about what pain is inside, about what I’m feeling. I have no problem telling her what I am thinking, but feeling? Now that’s personal!!!!
But life is joy and pain, isn’t it? We wish it were all joy but alas, that is purely wishful thinking. It is in those moments of deepest pain that we most need a friend to talk with. How terrible to be abandoned by one’s friends at such a time! We mustn’t blame them if we don’t admit to our pain and let them know we need help, but we often blame them, thinking they should have known anyway.
If you are old enough to read this, you have known pain in your life. Some of it may have been minor while some was excruciating (that word comes from “to crucify”). How did you deal with it? The Psalmist, in the verse above, suggests that we should do several things:
FIRST: not just trust Him, but trust Him at all times. If we trust Him in the good, we are to trust Him equally in the bad. In fact, He is especially honored and pleased when we do trust Him when times are painful. Anyone can claim to trust Him when things are good!
SECOND: pour out your heart to Him. Hold nothing back – not a single thought or word that is in your heart. Let Him have it all – blessings and cursings, with both barrels. God will not wither under your words. Just look at some of the things David (the man after God’s own heart) said to Him!
THIRD: remember that He is our refuge. There is no castle or sufficiently large bank account that can take away the pain of human loss and suffering. That kind of pain needs relational touch and only God can touch those places in our souls that He created.
I especially like this quote from the 18th century rabbi, Israel en Eliezer, on the subject of prayer that storms the gates of heaven. Let it encourage you to follow the Psalmist’s advice and pour out whatever is on your heart this day: Each prayer has its own meaning, and it is therefore the specific key to a door in the Divine Palace. But a broken heart is the axe that opens all the gates.
PRAYER: Thank You for being the Trusted One to Whom we can safely pour out our hearts! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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