Refresh Friday

For David, God was the center of his hope, the only reliable refuge, the surest strength he could find, and the truest object in which he could place his trust. We can learn from his exhortation and attitude toward God in prayer.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;

    pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.      Selah

— Psalm 62:5-8 ESV; boldface mine

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“Human hearts are full of many things: joy, anger, peace, weariness, anxiety, strength, bitterness, trust. To pour out the heart means to pour out not just some but all of these contents before the Lord, the bad along with the good. Would we try to conceal our bitterness from God? Or conversely, would we cling greedily to our joy?

…In prayer, everything in the heart must be poured out to the Lord like a drink offering….True prayer does not consist in flowery language, nor in false humility, nor in pretending to possess any greater faith than we really have, but rather in simply trusting God enough to spill our guts to Him.”

— from The Gospel According to Job, Mike Mason

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It is my earnest hope for you, believer, on this day and always, that you will have the same “God-ward” perspective as David and the knowledge that your Heavenly Father cares for all things in your life — nothing is too small, too big, too insignificant, too overwhelming for you to take to Him in prayer.

Refresh Friday

“It is a wonderful thing to find someone else who, when we are low, can speak to us words of real encouragement. In the church of Christ this ought to be more common than it is. Nevertheless, even in a good church people experience a certain measure of isolation, a certain poverty of human fellowship, and this is not without purpose.

For this loneliness, this place in our hearts that no other human being can touch, is the place reserved for God alone, the place that only He can fill.

  • No other human being can love us as God does.
  • No other person can speak to us from the bottom of our own hearts as the Holy Spirit does.
  • No one else can plumb the mystery of our character and discern our peculiar needs and gifts as clearly as we ourselves can, by the Spirit’s light.

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The…need for every individual [is] to cultivate a deep life of personal prayer and to hear and to heed the voice of the Lord. We need to take our problems to God first, before rushing out to spill them to others….Before we are answerable to any other person, we are answerable directly to the Lord, and in His eyes there is nothing more precious, no higher authority, than this intimate personal bond in which ‘deep calls to deep’ (Ps. 42:7).”

– from The Gospel According to Job: An Honest Look at Pain and Doubt From the Life of One Who Lost Everything, Mike Mason

I pray today that you find your deepest satisfaction and sense of being wholly understood in the One who created you.