Seeking, Surrendering and Rest
By Sharon Betters
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:12-13 ESV
We are camped out in Psalm 62 and the longer we stay, the more treasures we discover. David writes Psalm 62, The Only Psalm, in the context of a hard lived life. King David, anointed by God, is a Warrior King. Follow his life and you wonder at the constant conflicts, broken relationships, and terrible fears he experienced. He ran for his life more than once, one time pretending to be insane as a means of hiding from his enemies. God holds nothing back in describing his life. He was an adulterer of the worst kind. He could never say, “I didn’t mean for this to happen. It just did.” In this “ME TOO” culture, David would be one of the first to fall. He abused his power and victimized Bathsheba. David intentionally took another man’s wife, but not just any man. He robbed Uriah, one of his faithful fighting men. David abused Uriah’s wife, he plotted murder, and succeeded in killing this faithful man. All the while, David led God’s people and pretended loyalty to God.
This is the man who wrote Psalm 62.
Before I post any devotionals I read them to my husband, Chuck, to make sure I am not misrepresenting Scripture. As I read him the description of David’s surrender to our God, I began to cry. I couldn’t get through the words. God’s gracious love, experienced by such a man, overwhelmed me as I realized once more the overpowering love of Jesus for me. That perfect love drives David’s absolute trust in God. Imagine for a moment that King David, this one who experienced great darkness yet experienced such joy in his relationship to God, is singing this hymn with the people of God:
AMAZING GRACE! how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me;
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
Yes, when this heart and flesh shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been there a thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we first begun.
Words: John Newton (1725-1807)
Let’s unpack the treasure chest of Psalm 62, The Only Psalm, a little more and see what other gems we find.
Treasured by Him,
Sharon W. Betters is author of Treasures of Encouragement, Treasures in Darkness and co-author of Treasures of Faith. She is Director of Resource Development and co-founder of MARKINC.org, a non profit organization that offers help and hope to hurting people. Sharon enjoys quality time with her husband, children and fourteen grandchildren.
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