Psalm 62: Trusting in the Lord
I love the psalms for many reasons. They express the broad panorama of Christians emotions toward God. They range from praise, anger, guilt, to lament and more. The psalms also teach us much about the character of our God. They show us his magnificent glory and his great salvation. But there is another reason I enjoy the psalms. They are simple. They usually have one clear message for us to grab onto. One practice I do with the psalms is to try and describe a psalm in one word or a short phrase. Here is an example: we could describe Psalm 62 as trust in the Lord. If you read this psalm you will see that verses 5-6 are a good summary of the psalm, so much so that David repeats it twice! Verses 5-6 say, “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”
The context for this psalm is not known for certain. It is likely that David is under deep stress from military enemies or political insurrection. He describes his situation like this, “How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?” (Ps 62:3) At this moment David feels hopeless, frustrated as if any moment he could be knocked over. He is stressed, worried, and at worst, fearful for his own life. What can David do at this moment? Does he have an escape plan? A card up his sleeve? Some crafty maneuver that can free him from his enemies and allow an opportunity to escape? No, he doesn’t. David is left alone with only his God. At this moment, David only has one option, and it is his best. David must trust in his God. This is no vague trust, but a sure trust in the power and sovereignty of God. David knows that God will do what is right and what is according to his will. Regardless of the circumstances David is in, he must remind himself that God is providential, powerful, and good to his people. With these things in place, David can declare to himself and to us, that we must wait on God alone.
About a year ago, I became interested in investing money. I began to scour the internet in search of guides and videos which taught basic investment principles. I remember one thing from my brief studies. I needed to diversify my portfolio. Which, in laymen’s terms, meant that a smart investor would never put all his money into one place. You must be wise, invest in retail, technology, stocks, bonds, and more. The logic was that you must never put all your monetary trust in one place. You must have a plan A, B, C, D, and so on. For investing money, this is a wise principle. When it comes to the problems of the world, and the daily struggles of a believer, David is saying we only have one true investment. God alone rules and reigns the universe. God alone exercises his supreme authority over all things. God alone has the power to accomplish his will. What is David’s advice? Trust in your God. Regardless of where you are, or what you are going through, you can always trust in your God. You are always able to proclaim with David that God is “my rock and my salvation, my fortress.”