1 My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
3 How long will you assail a man, That you may murder him, all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
4 They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position; They delight in falsehood; They bless with their mouth, But inwardly they curse. Selah.
5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9 Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.
10 Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.
11 Once God has spoken; Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God;
12 And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, For You recompense a man according to his work.
When was the last time you were hurt by the words or actions of someone else?
How did you cope?
Whether intentionally or not, at some point we all experience pain as a result of someone else’s choices. We are all walking around with wounds. David knew this all too well. He was in a desperate situation when he penned this psalm. Like so many of the other psalms, Psalm 62 is the cry of an afflicted man. Evil men were plotting to overthrow his kingdom and scheming to have him killed.
What a beautiful song of worship that emerged out of such darkness, displaying David’s completely unshaken faith in God alone. He confidently responded to difficulty by trusting God for protection and provision. He was sure. He was calm. He knew his enemies would not ultimately succeed.
This chapter is echoed again in Romans 8 when Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?
We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” No enemy can stand against the power of His word. God is a refuge for all who will take shelter in Him. We can count on the Lord to protect us when in danger, to guide us when in doubt, to supply us when in need, and to strengthen us for every good work. In doing so, we will have the same blessed assurance that David and Paul had.
The psalm closes with a reminder that no trust can be placed in temporary worldly things. We are to work at everything we do with all our heart, as if we are working for eternal purposes (Col. 3:23). He will reward the diligent. Are we investing more on futile things this side of heaven, or storing up crowns of righteousness for eternity?
Are we focused on the here and now, or have we set our eyes on the unseen glory that lies ahead (2 Cor. 4:18)?
- What help does this psalm offer you when facing tribulations?
- Is anything preventing you from resting in God alone? If yes, what?
- Confess to God the ways you have forgotten Him. Admit your shortcomings and your great need for Him. Fix your eyes on Him. Remember that fully trusting in Him alone is the only way to have peace during adversity.