Praising God in Times of Adversity: Psalm 62

I wait quietly before God,
for my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2

The power of God to be always in our presence is the sureness of Faith that endures in time of strife. We may never know how God interacts in our lives but we can be assured that the Present and Eternal God is there with us. David relies on that strength to hope for his salvation from the onslaught of his own son, Absalom. David knows that he was chosen to be the king of Israel and that God would not abandon him. His prayer is the continuation of the hope and faith in God to confirm His covenant with David.

In the conflicts we face daily and the attacks that assail us, we too can be confident in the value of God’s Word to protect our spirit. Knowing that God is in control and that Jesus is the Word of God manifested for our Salvation give us the Grace of Hope Divine in our struggles. Jesus is the Rock of Salvation promised to David, to Moses and to Abraham. In Him we have a true, strong Tower, a fortress against which the onslaughts of the flesh and the torments of the world can not prevail. In these times we face many reasons to give up on ourselves, but we should never allow the problems of the world to reflect our love and hope from God.

Think of those who first embraced Jesus as Messiah and how they faced the torment of families, neighbors and the government yet held fast to the faith in Jesus. As they saw their sufferings as blessing and rejoiced that they live in Christ because of the persecution, we to can accept that we must let the struggles fall upon us as rain. As the proverb says, “On each of us, a little rain must fall.” For David the rain was a torrential gale. His own son sought to destroy him and he led the people to reject the anointed of God. David comes to God with his faith as should. “As you come to Him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him- you also like living stones are being built up into a spiritual house…” 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV). David had his faith in God’s Word, we have our strength in the foundations of Christ. We, “who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1: 5 (ESV). We wait quietly for Our Lord and Redeemer to reveal Himself as the strong tower of refuge.

“So many enemies against one man-
all trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.”

Psalm 62:3 (NLT)

Because the ways of the world and the desires of the flesh are always there to torment us and to bring us down, it seems at times that we are easily broken. David saw the onslaught of the armies of Absalom bearing down on him, driving him from the Holy City. To him the whole world was out to destroy him and the tear down the kingdom sealed by God. All the snares of today reach out to knock us down as a crumbling wall. Yet God is there to fortify the wall of our resolve and to empower us by His Spirit and His Word. Isaiah says, “Because you despise this word… this iniquity shall be to you like a breach in a high wall.” (see Isaiah 30:12-13). The people who seek to rid the world of believers will themselves be the crumbling walls and the war fences they devise will not stand against God.

“My salvation and honor comes from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

O my people, trust in Him at all times.
Pour out your heart to Him,
for God is our refuge.”

Psalm 62:7-8 (NLT)

Without God, there is only empty honor. Through Jesus we find honor that is worthy of God. David prays for his salvation and seeks not the honor given to mortal man but the honor to be given to His LORD. When we face the troubles the mortal world places before us, we are to give honor to God. We are to trust in the wisdom of God to see us through the trouble. And maybe the salvation is not of the world but the grace of God. God did not spare His Son on the cross so that we might be spared death that is eternal. Our refuge is not from the world but from Satan. It is he that we must seek sanctuary from. In every trial, decision and conflict pour out your heart to God. Call upon Christ and listen for the Holy Spirit to guide, correct and instruct you in how to go. Be as Paul’s desire, “…by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 1:2 ESV). Be determined to be one mind with Christ, one heart with the Father and taking refuge in the Holy Spirit.

All the weight of the world against us can not bring down the goodness that comes from trusting God. Our rewards do not come from the wealth, power or zeal of worldly things but from the heavenly pursuits of our souls. Placing all of our hopes, desires and fears in God and knowing that in spite of all the turmoils that we face, God is in control of our eternal lives (if we allow Him), we can withstand all the slings and arrows flung at us. The barbs of insult, the stones of ridicule or the poison of accusation will fall away from our spirit when we place God in the forefront.

“From the greatest to the lowliest-
all are nothing in His sight.
If you weigh them on the scales,
they are lighter than a puff of air.”

Psalm 62:9 (NLT)

We must never lose sight of the fact that in the eyes of God, we are as nothing yet he exalts us to claim an equality with Christ for His pleasure (See Ephesians 1:7-10). Jesus told His disciples who would be greater in the Kingdom of Christ, “Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in My name, welcomes Me; and anyone who welcomes Me, welcomes the One who sent Me.” (Mark 9:37 TJB). Paul exhorts the believers to, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in Love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV). And we are told by Peter that Jesus, “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” (1 Peter 2:23 NIV).

If Jesus, who is the Son of the Father and One in the Same as the Father considered Himself equal with man and entrusted Himself to the Father as nothing, then we too should be able to rely on God in our nothingness to accept His mercy and justice. On the scale of things important to the scheme of the universe, we are as puffs of air. Yet because God created us and selected us to be heirs of the promise of eternal Salvation, we become greater than the angels.

“Don’t try to get rich
by extortion or robbery.
and if your wealth increases,
don’t make it the center of your life.”
Psalm 62:10 (NLT)

I was going to skip this verse but it brings up a pet grief of mine. To many “Christians” believe that because they go to church and have claimed to believe in Jesus, they are entitled to earn great wealth. The “Prosperity Gospel” is gaining support and my friends, that is a lie. Even David did not believe that his Wealth was a “reward” of being a believer. David understood that wealth distracted him from God. Placing importance on the material things rather than the spiritual things causes us to “worship manna” and that is the destruction of many souls.

Money and Power have caused the ruin of many who sought to serve as leaders of churches and communities. When churches and pastors become more interested in the wealth of their “empires” rather than spreading the Good News, they have replaced their God with a lesser one, one that will lead them to damnation instead of Sanctification. Jesus warns us that it is easier for a camel to go through the narrow gate than for a rich man to get to heaven. We are to want for only the Grace of God and not the pleasures that the world offers. Money can’t get you to heaven so why seek it. More importantly, do not seek unjust wealth. You can not sin your way into God’s mercy; cheating, overpricing and using your position in church to overcharge are sins against man and Christ.

“God has spoken plainly,
and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to You;
unfailing love, O LORD, is Yours.
Surely You judge all people
according to what they have done.”

Psalm 62:11-12 (NLT)

I know that David is saying to his enemies, “God will get you for this,” but he is right in the fact that God has the power of all creation in His control. All power, grace and mercy are His. The blessing is that we have Christ as our mediator to serve as our ram on the altar of atonement. The real question is; how plainly do we listen to God? Are we so busy with our lives and getting ahead in the world that we forsake the wisdom, love and instruction of the Most High God? The Power of God who created all things, the Ultimate being that set the universe into motion, breathed life into man and set apart a people that He would call His Own, sent His only Begotten Son to redeem and to offer us Sanctification.

Even though all power belongs to the Father, His mercy is for those who revere and love Him. In the Latin and in the Hebrew the word we use for Holy Spirit literally translates as Divine Breath. By the Breath of God we live, by the Breath of the Promised Son, we live eternally. God has judged us, and he found that we are worthy by His Grace to be called the sons of God. He has chosen not to rule His verdict by what we have done but by the grace of unconditional forgiveness. Through the blood offering of Jesus, we are held no longer accountable for our transgression but welcomed in to the courts of Heaven.

Surely God has judged according to His Mercy, and we who are unworthy do not face the retribution of God but receive the unfailing love. While David waits for God to rescue him from his enemies, we are offered the protection that comes only from the Most Loving Father. We who were once enemies of God and His Righteousness are now blessed as Children of the Promise. Seek to hear the Wisdom of God and live accordingly. Desire to live in the Righteousness of David. “It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan long before the world began – to show His Love and Kindness to us through Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 1:9 NLT).

In Psalm 119:73 we hear a cry from the writer to the LORD Most High; “You made me; You created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.” As each day passes, we find it harder rather than easier to hear what God wants us to hear. We get caught up in the world and forget to go to the Lord in Prayer. David in his many hours of need, from the assaults from Saul to the rebellion of Absalom, always turned to God. Even when he was in great sin he still relied on God to provide the avenue of safety and salvation. Like David we should be always attentive to God and hear what He says to us. We should be open to His justice, mercy and always to His Love. Therefore, we are to “..wait quietly before God,” He is our Salvation and our hope comes from Him.

“Be of good courage,
And he shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the LORD.”

Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)

These words are to give you strength in the Promise of God to each of us who seek His ways. Whether we suffer from poor health, abuse from employers, persecution form internal or exterior forces or form outright assault on our core beliefs, Gos is there with us. He says to us, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV). And, “…they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be wear; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31(ESV). As Jesus died to lift us up, let us be lifted up in the knowledge that no mere mortal can deter What god has made righteous.

2 thoughts on “Praising God in Times of Adversity: Psalm 62”

  1. “Our refuge is not from the world but from Satan. It is he that we must seek sanctuary from. ”

    My refuge is from God not Satan

  2. @Believer, I think you should expand on that idea. I assume you mean your refuge is from the just wrath of a perfect and holy God against a rebellious sinner.

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