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Singing Psalm 62 you peel back the curtain

When you honestly share your heart with someone who doesn’t believe you, you want the person to be able to peel back the curtain of your heart. You hope the person would look at your past actions and see your good intentions, your true colors. You have nothing to hide. You want your heart to be revealed and understood yet there is doubt or misunderstanding. This person might have been burned before by others and doesn’t trust you or perhaps anyone.

As earnest as you might be though, you have blind spots. There are parts of your heart that are not pure and righteous. Some of this you know and some you don’t. You might truly love this person the best you can and yet when you peel back the curtain, you find (or someone else finds) selfishness there. You can only hope for mercy.

This is true of all people except one. Jesus is love incarnate, has no blind spots, and has all power and right to condemn. Yet he repays mercy on those who believe in him — just what you need and hope for.

He wears down the proud whom he opposes, slowly and gently, in the same way that he directs each wave that steadily erodes both sand castles and rocks in its path. 

You can wait hours to watch sandcastles come to ruin. You can wait years or decades for pride to come to ruin.

He does it how and when he would, to give grace to the transformed humble. He prays for you not that you would not be tempted or that you would not sin, but that through your temptations and sins, your faith would not fail and that you would strengthen others afterward (Luke 22:31-32).

This is the major difference between Peter’s denials and Judas Iscariot’s betrayal. Also with Judas, money was central. He sold his friendship with Jesus for money and subsequently his faith in the mercy of Jesus failed. He realized his folly too late, returned the money, and proceeded to take his life into his own hands.

Singing Psalm 62 you peel back the curtain of people’s hearts

Singing Psalm 62, things are not always what they seem as you peel back the curtain on the hearts of both the greatest and least person. 

You take in these words or concepts there: 

Attack.

Fall. 

Sagging fence.

Leaning wall.

Duplicity.

Spite. 

Breath.

Lie.

Lighter than a sigh.

Warning against extortion, ill-gained riches.

Warning not to lust after stolen goods, whatever is not for you.

Warning not to trust in earned wealth even if rightly gained.

Singing Psalm 62 you peel back the curtain of God’s heart

Singing Psalm 62 you peel back the curtain and find the triune God has revealed something of his amazing, multi-dimensional heart in these words:

Safety.

Security.

Confidence.

Surety.

Salvation.

Fort.

Rest.

Hope.

Stronghold.

Glory.

Strength.

Rely.

Defense.

Protection.

Power.

Mighty.

Rock.

Refuge.

Build.

Trust.

Unshaken.

Mercy.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” ~ Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” ~ John 6:29

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30

When you peel back the curtain of your life, the greatest work you will ever have done is to rest in Jesus.

Singing Psalm 62 helps you unlearn the lessons of the world centered on money and self. You are training your mind, feelings, and desires toward godliness. Even when trained, God’s mercy is your greatest need in your continual cycles of wavering, returning, straying and, at last, returning.

He doesn’t break a bruised reed, quench a faintly burning wick, knock down a sagging fence, or demolish a leaning wall. Rather he opens the eyes of the blind and brings out prisoners who sit in darkness (Isaiah 42; Matthew 12; Psalm 62). He has mercy on you in your weakness. 

Astounding distinctions there are between the hearts of God and man. So much to ponder as you peel back the curtain of your heart and of God’s as he reveals them to you in his word.

“My soul finds rest in God alone.” ~ Psalm 62:1

September 2-9, 2022


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