Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah (Psalm 62:8 ESV)
The more I read the Psalms, the more enamored with them. You see the psalmist doing the vert thing he calls us to do here – “pour out your heart before him.” You see him confess his sin, utter his frustration and confusion, even with the slowness of God to answer, curse the evildoers. We see him in pain and in despair and on the heights of joy with the beatific vision. In so doing you begin to see the relational side of God through him. God is not just a far away judge to help you when you are oppressed or to judge you when you mess up. He is intimately close and a trusted friend. Isn’t that what we need if we are to pour out our hearts? Of course, he is more than that too, which is good because we need more than that. His presence always “re-centers” the experiences and the emotions of the psalmist. Pouring his heart out to God always brings the psalmist’s perspective back into the bigger picture where God’s justice and covenantal love are in view. It draws the emotions back into view of the joy and peace always found in God’s covenantal care.
So, pour out your heart before him.