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Praying the Psalms - Psalm 62-

 23.3.11

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Psalm 62 (ESV)

My Soul Waits for God Alone

To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.

Selah

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.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.

Selah

Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work.



O Lord, I am so easily distracted by so many things around me, teach me to be quiet and wait under your Sovereign hand.  O Lord, the cares of this world invade my heart, "different emotions disturb my peace, and hinder my exercise of faith, even though in spirit they want to be in submission to your Word"(1). Teach me to find in you the repose my soul needs today; teach me, Father to be silent before you, and do what You have called me to do without grumbling or questioning. Help me live with my eyes fixed on the cross opposing an attitude of resistance to Your Word.

Lord, you alone are my Rock and my Salvation, to you I run, to you I cling. In between books, and laundry, and things on my to-do list you meet me, and I run to you, Abba Father. In the middle of the day, when the sun is bright and the roses are all in bloom I am reminded that even though trials come, I shall not  be greatly shaken because your right hand upholds me.

Lord, forgive me when "I say with my lips that I trust in You and at the next moment I find myself busy looking for some additional support" (2) Help me to keep an attitude of prayer every day, all day, one that will bring me to pour out my heart before you so I won't keep ruminating in all those emotions that lead me away from you.  That I may never forget that YOU are a refuge to me.

Father, deliver my soul from all those things that promise me happiness apart from You. Help me,  Lord, to be aware of the delusions of sin, of the vain glory of riches. Deliver me from the snare of the devil who wants me to set my heart on all the vain and sinful things this world offers me.

Dear Father, you can uphold me with me with your powerful hand and your perfect steadfast love; "these two wings with which we fly heavenwards; these two supporting pillars from which we can defy temptation. Why should I fear when the God who covers me with the shadow of his wings is also the God who rules the universe, holds the devil in secret chains, and effectually overrules the intrigues of the wicked?"(3)

Thank you, Father, because you hear me, and  delight in the prayer of your children.

In Jesus' precious name,





(1) John Calvin, Commentary on the Psalms; Abridged by David C. Searle
(2) Ibid.
(3) Ibid.

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