Scriptures

Psalm 62

Introduction

In this psalm we find David, as he does with many of his psalms, speaking about a time when he was in conflict with those around him. The difference in this psalm is that David appears to be very calm as he pours out his heart to God about his troubles.

Heading

‘For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.’

Although the headings aren’t inspired by God, they are important because they give us some understanding about the Psalm and they help us to see why it was written. The headings usually tell us four things.

1. Who wrote them, probably wrote them or possibly wrote them.

2. Information about the historical background to the Psalm. Why it was written.

3. They tell us of the tune the Psalm was written to.

4. How it was used.

The heading tells us that this psalm of David for the director of music. Some commentators believe that ‘director or music’ is God Himself and others believe that it is a song leader who led choirs or musicians, 1 Chronicles 6:33 / 1 Chronicles 16:17 / 1 Chronicles 25:6.

Jeduthun was one of the musicians appointed by David to lead Israel’s worship, 1 Chronicles 16:41 / 1 Chronicles 25:1-3. He also mentioned in the headings of Psalm 39 and Psalm 77.

‘Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down—this leaning wall, this tottering fence? Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.’ Psalm 62:1-4

David begins by reassuring himself that he will find rest in God because he knows his salvation comes from Him. That is, he is patiently waiting for God and God alone and in his ‘silence’ as some translations tells us, he is fully confident that God would come to help him, Isaiah 26:3 / Philemon 4:6-7.

Because God is his rock, he was confident in God’s strength, God would keep him safe from all dangers, Psalm 18:2. God was his rock, salvation and fortress, and He would protect David from all attempts of those who were trying to take his life, Psalm 27:5 / Psalm 59:9 / 1 Corinthians 15:1-2. David wouldn’t be ‘shaken’ from his dedication to God because of the circumstances of his life.

Although David had great faith in God, he wasn’t short of a few words to say to his enemies. He reprimanded them for their continuous attempts to assault him and bring him down. He tells them as ‘leaning wall’ is about to fall, so too are they, Isaiah 30:13.

His enemies have only one thing in their minds and that was to topple David from his lofty place, that is, they were intent in bringing him down, even if that meant lying about him.

They bless people with their mouths but in their hearts they cursed people, in other words, they were hypocrites, James 3:10. David’s own son, Absalom, was exactly like this, 2 Samuel 15:1-6 / Psalm 28:3.

You may notice at the end of verse four, some translations have the word, ‘selah’, although no-one really knows what this word means, it’s likely it means to pause. It’s a time to stop and reflect upon what has just been said.

We can almost imagine David pausing for a breath as he contemplates the fate of these hypocritical liars.

‘Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.’ Psalm 62:5-8

David begun this psalm by reassuring himself that he will find rest in God because he knows his salvation comes from Him. Here, he reassures himself that he will find rest but his hope comes from God. He fully expects to be delivered from his circumstances because he trusted in God.

Again, he repeats what he said, that God is his rock, his salvation and his fortress. God would protect David from all attempts of those who were trying to take his life, Psalm 18:2.

Earlier he wrote that he would ‘never be shaken’, but here he writes, ‘I will not be shaken’, he appears to be more confident that nothing would shake him from his dedication to God, no matter what was happening in his life.

David trusts God and no one else because God is his salvation, his rock and his refuge, he totally relies on God, Psalm 46:1. David then goes on to encourage everyone, to put their trust in God at all times as he does.

When people pour out their hearts to God, that is, don’t hold nothing back, just give it all to God, 1 Peter 5:7, then God listens and He will become their refuge, that is, their place of safety, Psalm 42:4.

You may notice at the end of verse eight, some translations have the word, ‘selah’, although no-one really knows what this word means, it’s likely it means to pause. It’s a time to stop and reflect upon what has just been said.

We can almost imagine David pausing for a breath as he contemplates who God is and what He means to him.

‘Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie. If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and “You reward everyone according to what they have done.” Psalm 62:9-12

After calling upon everyone to put their trust in God, he reminds them that the lowborn are but a breath, that is, those who are in low positions in society and the highborn are but a lie, that is those who are in high positions in society, Isaiah 2:9 / Isaiah 5:15.

Both positions in society are as a breath, those of low status in society shouldn’t envy those of high status simply because the life of both is brief, James 1:9-11.

Those of high positions in society are a lie, this doesn’t mean they are liars, this means they shouldn’t put their hope and trust in any power they may have because that can’t be relied upon. In other words, we can’t depend on ourselves or anyone else, our hope and our trust must be in God.

When weighed, the lowborn and highborn find that everything they put their hope and trust in is of no real value, they can’t save anyone, Daniel 5:27. All distinctions that society may give to people vanish away as a breath with the passing of the people.

Riches pass with those who possess them, and so, there’s no spiritual opportunity that is presented to the rich by their riches. On the contrary, those who place their confidence in riches are led away from complete trust in God, 1 Timothy 6:17.

David heard God speak twice concerning the power of God, he knows he can only trust God and God alone, Job 33:14 / Job 40:5. Because all power belongs to God, David goes to God for his strength to rely on His strength rather than his own.

David knows that God’s love is unfailing, and if he puts his hope and trust in Him, he will be rewarded accordingly Deuteronomy 32:46-47 / Proverbs 3:1-2 / Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.

Conclusion

When we were younger, time seemed to go very slow, especially if we were waiting on a special event happening, like our birthday or Christmas.

My dear mum used to tell me, ‘life goes faster when your older’ and although at the time I didn’t understand what she meant, I now know it’s true. Yes, it’s still twenty-four hours in one day but for some reason the days seem to go by faster when we’re older.

David reminds us of the brevity of life, it’s doesn’t matter if we’re rich or poor, in a low position or a high position, life is short, James 4:13-15. Because life is so short, we need to make sure our hope and trust in God.

To put our hope and trust in God means that we must stop relying on ourselves, Proverbs 3:5 / Romans 11:33.

To put our hope and trust in God means that we always go to God in prayer first, Proverbs 3:6 / Psalm 55:17.

To put our hope and trust in God means that we must always put God first in our lives, Proverbs 3:9-10 / Matthew 6:33.

To put our hope and trust in God means that we must know that God cares for us and is able to meet our needs, Matthew 6:25-34 / 1 Peter 5:7.

To put our hope and trust in God means that we must always be honest with ourselves, Jeremiah 17:9 / Proverbs 3:11.

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

1 Peter 5:7

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