A Season of Psalms - Psalm 62:1-2, 8
Psalm 62:1-2, 8
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken…Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
We are a society that doesn’t like to wait. We loathe long lines at the grocery store and the DMV. We even get impatient when the microwave takes too long to heat up our food. Remember dial-up AOL Internet? Talk about waiting! Now we have high-speed DSL and fiber optics that reduce our wait time to practically nothing. We’ve discovered new ideas and new technologies that drastically reduce our wait times, but in the economy of God, waiting is absolutely essential.
In Psalm 62, David waits on the Lord. Not only does he wait for the presence of the Lord, but he does so in silence. He waits quietly in anticipation of receiving instruction from the Lord. Knowing that God alone is “my rock and my salvation, my fortress,” David quiets his soul and stands still in His presence. He needed to be silent and to remove himself from distractions to distinctly hear the voice of the Lord. In times of personal or national distress, when David quieted his soul before the Lord and waited silently, God faithfully revealed Himself as the God of power and steadfast love, in whom David could trust. Verse 8 is David’s plea to us based on his experience: “Trust him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”
An anonymous author said “God is the best listener. You don’t need to shout or cry out loud because He hears even the very silent prayer of a sincere heart.” Is your soul weary or troubled, no light in the darkness you see? Be still, and know that He is God. For in our silence, we find strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!
Further Reading: Lamentations 3:19-27; Isaiah 41:28-31
Pray with me today:
Father, my soul finds rest in You alone. Teach me to wait before you in serenity of spirit and let my words be few. I desperately need to hear from You today, for my soul thirsts for the living God. This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.