When you feel vulnerable

Beauty-and-the-BeastWhat is the psalmist feeling in Psalm 62?

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down— this leaning wall, this tottering fence? They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.”

The psalmist feels vulnerable because of disloyal people who desire his downfall. He faces people who feign respect for him but really desire and seek his ruin. He is the object of envy — one of the more vicious sins of the heart. 

Envy is vicious because it targets its object and tries to destroy it. Envy is inspired by the powerful emotions of resentment and hatred. An envious person doesn’t merely covet what another has; he resents him for having it. The envious person wants to see you fall; to see you lose; to see you suffer. Envy is both evil and vicious, yet it ultimately destroys the person who envies. “Envy rots the bones, but a heart at peace gives life to the body” (Proverbs 14:30.).

Envious people will slander others. They will lie and twist the truth to assassinate the character of the one they hate. They delight in cutting others down. Sadly, they will convince themselves that they are justified because the other person doesn’t deserve to have an  advantage. Envy is one of the deepest expressions of human depravity 

Consider the way the psalmist expresses what he feels:

“How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down— this leaning wall, this tottering fence? They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them (Psalm 62:3-4, 9-10).

People are so unreliable. Where can we find trusted friends who are true to us in all circumstances? Such people are rare and valuable. Where can we find security and safety in a vulnerable and uncertain world?

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge” (Psalm 62:1-2, 5-7).

lighthouse-waves-san-esteban-de-praviaNotice the metaphors of security and strength. Notice the repetition of the word alone—only God is unchangeable—He is all-sufficient and our sufficiency must be in Him! (v. 10) (cf. Psalm 46:1-3; Psalm 59:16-17)

God is strong and loving:

“One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.”

Trust in your strong and loving God at all times (see: Proverbs 3:5-6). Pour out your hearts to Him:

    • when you are the object of unjust treatment
    • when you are misrepresented
    • when you feel vulnerable or anxious (cf. Psalm 42:1-6a; Psalm 63:1-8)

God is our refuge (cf. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Philippians 4:6-7; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 5:7)

Steve Cornell

 

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1 Response to When you feel vulnerable

  1. Reblogged this on Wisdomforlife and commented:

    Trust in your strong and loving God at all times. Pour out your hearts to Him…

    * when you are the object of unjust treatment
    * when you are misrepresented
    * when you feel vulnerable or anxious

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