Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 30, 2015

“Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”

Today’s devotion comes from Nehemiah chapter 4.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews.  2 He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing?  Are they going to restore it for themselves?  Can they offer sacrifices?  Can they finish in a day?  Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?” 3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building—if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!”

Hear, O our God, how we are despised!  Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.  5 Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You, for they have demoralized the builders.”  Nehemiah 4:1-5.

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“Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.  Selah.”  Psalm 52:8.

There are times in our lives when we are so distressed that we do not care how we look or how we sound;  we just pour out our hearts to God.

Hannah is one example.  “Then Eli said to her, “How long will you make yourself drunk?  Put away your wine from you.”  But Hannah replied, “No, my lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit;  I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord.”  1 Samuel 1:14-15.

Other doctrine just tells us to calm down.

But, Reformed Doctrine tells us to pour out our heart before God.

God understands very well that we are frail.  God understands very well that we are sinners through our “Total Depravity” nature. 

God understands that we are under great stress.  God understands that we are afraid and anxious.  God understands that we panic.  

God welcomes the cries of His children, His chosen ones.  He calls out to us:  “Pour out your heart before Him”.

The Psalms and the rest of Scriptures contain many such examples of His children pouring out their hearts as we see in today’s Scripture.

“17  … For I am in distress;  answer me quickly.
18 Oh draw near to my soul and redeem it;
Ransom me because of my enemies!
19 You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor;
All my adversaries are before You.

20 Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick.
And I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
And for comforters, but I found none.
21 They also gave me gall for my food
And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22 May their table before them become a snare;
And when they are in peace, may it become a trap.
23 May their eyes grow dim so that they cannot see,
And make their loins shake continually.
24 Pour out Your indignation on them,
And may Your burning anger overtake them.
25 May their camp be desolate;
May none dwell in their tents.
26 For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten,
And they tell of the pain of those whom You have wounded.
27 Add iniquity to their iniquity,
And may they not come into Your righteousness.
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life
And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

29 But I am afflicted and in pain;
May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.”  Psalm 69:17-29.

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