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Psalm 62 (NIV)
1 My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.
3 How long will you assault a man?
Would all of you throw him down —
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place;
They take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse. Selah
5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I shall not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge. Selah
9 Lowborn men are but a breath,
the highborn are but a lie;
if weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
together they are only a breath.
10 Do not trust in extortion
or take pride in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
do not set your heart on them.
11 One thing God has spoken,
two things have I heard:
that you, O God, are strong,
12 and that you, O Lord, are loving.
Surely you will reward each person
according to what he has done.
This Psalm is attributed to David. It appears that the Psalmist’s trust in God is unshakable however verses 3 and 4 reveal the exasperation and frustration he has suffered because of the devious and destructive efforts of others.
I can relate to this sentiment only too well. Can you? Confident that God is in overall control of his creation and that his will is going to prevail, no matter what befalls us, I still see ample evidence of the presence of evil and of the evil one’s endeavours to undermine God’s authority on earth.
Even my own life demonstrates the fallenness of the humans God has created. I “do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods” (verse 10a), however I fail to love unstintingly all those around me and I continue to make judgements not worthy of a follower of Jesus Christ.
Using a figure of speech for emphasis that is characteristic of the Hebrew Scriptures, “one thing, … two things”, the Psalmist has proclaimed (verses 11 and 12) that God is strong and God is loving. We can accept this with “head knowledge” but how do we then absorb it so that it becomes “heart knowledge”, governing all that we think and do? The Psalmist seems to use repetition to achieve this: verses 5 and 6 echo verses 1 and 2 without entirely repeating them. The message is clear: God alone is his rock, his fortress and his salvation; so long as he rests (or remains) in God, he shall not be shaken.
This applies to us also. Only by remaining close to God through the reading of his word, through communing with him in prayer and through walking in obedience to him, relying on his Holy Spirit, are we able to resist the world.
Let us commit to memory the lines of verse 8 and resolve to live by them:
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.