Then Jesus said to them (the disciples), “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, …” Matthew 26:38-39
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane is pouring out his heart to God, the Father. Psalm 62:8 asks us to pour our hearts out to God. Imagine a pitcher used for water, but it is full of all our emotions, sadness, anger, disappointment, fear, worry, anxiety, all being poured out into a large container, that is God. He can hold it all, every sort of emotion we have.
The heart indicates the very core of our being, who we are, our emotions, our motivations, our thoughts, our spirit, our soul. Psalm 62:8 asks us to pour our hearts out to God. This is especially important when we are experiencing difficult or sorrowful times, as Jesus was in Gethsemane.
Psalm 62:1-2 says, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” When we are sorrowful to the point of death, as Jesus was, God is the one to tell, as Jesus did. God is the container that can hold all that emotion. Psalm 62:5 says, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.” Sometimes it is difficult to see the next step. Other times we can see the path clearly but it is not one we wish to take. We need to remember God is our rock, our salvation, our refuge, our rest, our strong fortress. When we are overwhelmed by our pain, pouring our heart out to God helps us to move forward on the path God has for us. Then, we can, “Trust in him at ALL times, O people;…for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:8)
Are you in a difficult place today? Jesus was in a difficult place in Gethsemane. He chose to pray, to pour out his whole heart to God, his father. God is a safe place to pour out all our heart. Perhaps today you can try telling God everything you wish for, everything that hurts you, angers you, and all your disappointments, all your sorrow. God is a safe refuge, a strong fortress; he is our salvation. Psalm 62:11- 12 say, God is strong and loving. He will lovingly give you the strength you need to walk your path.
By Grace Hunter