Sunday: Psalm 62-63; Numbers 15.1-21; Hebrews 4.14-16

From: Brittany Yeager

“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62.8

I’ve recently been working through a book by Brené Brown called Daring Greatly. This book is the result of six years of research on the topics of vulnerability and shame (light topics, huh?). Toward the beginning of her book, she talks about the importance of trust in our vulnerability—that vulnerability is not an opportunity for us to “let it all hang out” for whomever, but rather an opportunity to "share our feelings and our experiences with people who have earned the right to hear them" (pg. 45). She goes on to say that "we need to feel trust to be vulnerable and and we need to be vulnerable in order to trust" (pg. 47).

Our scripture readings for today give beautiful imagery of this conclusion. In Numbers 15, we read about the sacrifice laws that God gave Moses to give to the Israelites; a clear set of rules and regulations to ensure that their sacrifices were not only pleasing, but acceptable before a holy God. We go on to read in Psalm 62 and 63 that God is our rock, our salvation, our fortress, our refuge…all words to describe our ultimate security. And finally, in Hebrews 4.14-16, these images find their culmination in Jesus as our ultimate High Priest. This is not a high priest who offers his sacrifice alongside his own. But this is our High Priest who in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sin. A priest whom we have seen aggrieved, rejected, brought low, in order that we might be comforted, accepted, and lifted up.

And so we are brought back to Psalm 62.8 and the admonition to trust in him at all times. To pour out our hearts before him. This is a God who, throughout time, has shown himself as trustworthy. Let us, together, go to our Refuge.

I am wife to Jon, mother to Ellie, daughter, sister, and friend. I enjoy heart-to-hearts over coffee, asking thoughtful questions, sharing a yummy meal, and singing good music.