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Psalm 62 : The “Only” Psalm

by | May 13, 2024

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This Psalm falls naturally into three parts of four verses each; and in the original Hebrew, each of these begins with the same word, which means “yes,” “surely,” or “verily” – expressing a conviction that has been freshly acquired. This is the character of the entire Psalm; it is a series of maxims that have been hewn straight from real life.

In the first of the three sections of this Psalm, we behold the silence of faith (verses 1-4). “Truly my soul waiteth upon God,” David begins. The words might also be translated, “My soul is silent unto God.” Silence is sometimes very eloquent. When someone has suffered a great wrong or is accused of some outrageous wickedness, there may be an impressiveness in dignified silence, which the loudest protestations could not equal. In the trial of Jesus Himself, there are three or four moments of silence which bring home to us the height of His moral grandeur as powerfully as anything in His life. So Faith has her silence – but she is not always silent! On the contrary, she very often cries aloud; she sometimes groans, complains, argues, and beseeches. Perhaps the faith of David had passed through these phases before reaching this silent stage, for he tells us (verses 3-4) that he had enemies who had pushed their attacks even to the verge of murder. In such circumstances, Faith may well have cried or groaned or argued; but now these stages are past, and she is silent before God. She lies before Him in perfect peace – confident that His will must overrule all. “He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence,” the child of faith remembers; and therefore, he or she concludes, “I shall not be greatly moved!” (verse 2)

Verses 5-8 present us with the instruction of faith. Having attained to such heights, David is now seized with the spirit of a teacher. But he begins by instructing himself. “My soul, wait thou upon God” (verse 5). When we get up to heights of experience, there are outlooks which we are unable to see at ordinary times; and it is well to record them – as is done here. The truths about God which we thus learn in moments of great experience are the most precious portion of all knowledge; they are better than anything that we can learn from books or lectures or scholars. Blessed is he who possesses convictions which have been wrung out of his own experience, and impressed upon his own mind by the Holy Spirit! But David not only instructs himself; he also instructs others (verse 8). “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him,” he says; “God is a refuge for us!” It is natural for experience to overflow into testimony; and when the soul has attained rest itself, it naturally seeks to assist others who are struggling. We are never safer or healthier than when we have left off thinking of ourselves and are able to care for others!

The last four verses (9-12) show us the alternatives to faith, and they are very wretched indeed! In this last section, the Psalmist contrasts faith in God with the other refuges in which he was tempted to put his trust. Two of these false refuges were men and money (verses 9-10). To one in David’s position, it would naturally seem to be a great thing to have men’s alliance; but he had tried them, and he had found them sadly inadequate in the time of real need. This is a word for all times! For anyone who is fighting for Christ’s cause, democracy and aristocracy are to be equally distrusted; God alone is the watchword! The other substitute for faith in God, which David was tempted to trust in, was money – obtained by either fair means or foul – and here he touches an even more universal chord. When we think of the future and its unforeseen changes, we are all tempted to look in the direction of money. Alas! How many are devoting themselves to the pursuit of money – caring little for scruples; but only feeling that if they had enough of it, all would be well. And other persons who seek wealth by honest means still have the same confidence. But the poorest person who has faith in God is far safer and happier! This is the testimony of Scripture, and it is the testimony of experience as well. So we come back to the wisdom of David, the man of God. Once, he says, he has heard – yes, even twice – that “power belongeth unto God.” In other words, that fact has been laid upon his mind, again and again, as a Divine truth. This is the end of the whole matter; this is the resource that will be of infinite use in every difficulty, and it will last through time and eternity!

O Lord Jesus! We praise You for being to us, Your people, a rock and a defense, which preserves us from being greatly moved in times of trouble! Amen.

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