May 17, 2022 – Psalm 62 – Hard Times

Today we’ll be reading from Psalm 62.  We’ll look specifically at verses 1-6:

1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
3 How long will you assail a person,
will you batter your victim, all of you,
as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4 Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah
5 For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

One of the things to remember about the Psalms is that they are the hymnal of the Jewish people. That means that quite often, they will follow the pattern of a song, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, and so on.  Today’s Psalm follows that pattern, and like many great songs, the eye (and often the ear) is drawn to the chorus.

Today’s chorus reminds us to wait for God.  He is our hope. Our rock.  Our salvation.  Our fortress. Because of His goodness, we will not be shaken. 

But look at the verse.  He is facing not just opposition but real problems.  Real problems.  It’s hard for him. There are lies being told, there is cursing. There is betrayal. There is much pain, much hurt, and many problems.  He feels like he is facing a problem that he can’t fix that may even be too much for him.

So, what does this Psalm call him and each of us to do?  Wait upon God. Wait for Him in silence.  Hope in Him. He will save, He will restore, He will bless.

See why I like the Psalms so much?  They are often written from a perspective of pain, hurt, and doubt.  It’s easy to trust when it’s easy. It’s a whole lot harder to trust God when things are hard. The Psalms are often written from and for the hard times.

And their universal message, even in hard times, is this. Trust in God. He has it.  He will deliver. He will save. If you are in hard times right now, trust.  If you’ve been through hard times, praise.  If you know someone going through them, pray. 

Hard times come, but they pass. God is eternal. Trust.  Even in hard times.

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