Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 27, 2023

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

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 11:10-15.

“Now Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, each man at the doorway of his tent;  and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly, and Moses was displeased.  So Moses said to the LORD, “Why have You been so hard on Your servant?  And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all this people on me?  Was it I who conceived all this people?  Was it I who brought them forth, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom as a nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which You swore to their fathers’?  Where am I to get meat to give to all this people?  For they weep before me, saying, ‘Give us meat that we may eat!’  I alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too burdensome for me.  So if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness.”   Numbers 11:10-15.


The main point of this devotion is that when we are burdened and oppressed by what man does, as Moses was by the complaining of the people in today’s Scripture, we can pray to the LORD and pour out our heart to Him and trust Him to help us.  

As Reformed believers who are well aware of the “Total Depravity” of man, we should not expect man to be reasonable and trustworthy.  We should not reserve our happiness and peace in changing man;  we should focus on God and call upon Him as Moses did.

“He will cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.’” Psalm 89:2.

The secondary point, but still part of the main point, is that trusting God often requires us to wait longer than we want for the answer and salvation.  But, as God gives us grace to pray and trust Him, God gives us grace to wait.

First, I will quote the main verse which is the summary for this devotion, and then I will follow it by quoting a larger part of Psalm chapter 62.  

“Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8.

“5 My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.

9 Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie;
In the balances they go up;
They are together lighter than breath.
10 Do not trust in oppression
And do not vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

11 Once God has spoken;
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God;
12 And lovingkindness is Yours, O LORD,
For You recompense a man according to his work.” Psalm 62:5-12.


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