8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
9 Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
11 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work.
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
3 How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
The Psalms are used to reveal the heart of us as humans. When I begin to declare truth, my heart begins to truly believe. When we open the Psalms, it opens up a certain language that we can adopt in our day to day lives. And when we spend more time in the Psalms, we begin to truly understand who the Lord is.
This Psalm captures a power that the Lord has. He ALONE is capable and able. As I was reading I began to take inventory of His character:
He is firm
When I look at this list, I see how often I have tried my best to be these things for myself, or for others, as well as how I try to find these characteristics in other people. I have been hit with conviction that, in more areas than I thought, I was seeking self glory. That is just the reality, my friends, as we are humans and we are living in the flesh. More than ever I am doing my best to be aware of my intentions and motives and ask myself those questions. Slowly but surely, I am stepping off of this pedestal I have somehow put myself on, and putting the Lord back to where He belongs.
Dear friends, in what areas of your life could you reposition yourself, and allow the truth of who the Lord is take root in your heart? May we allow Him to be our TRUST, our HOPE, our FORTRESS. May I ever be a daughter who waits alone for her Father. May I be a daughter who sits at His feet and experience the fullness of His character.