Thursday, December 29, 2011

God Alone is a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression

Today I was taking a look at Psalm 62.   At the beginning, there is a note that this is a Psalm of David.  As you read the Psalms, you will see that David, shepherd, musician, warrior, king, went through many struggles.  Despite these struggles, he states that he will put his trust in the Lord.

In verse one, David writes “My soul waits in silence for God only.” Ps.62:1.  This demonstrates that as we struggle, we still must wait on Him.  In waiting on Him, sometimes we must turn off the noise and the distraction so that we can hear where he is leading us.  Remember in Hebrews, He invites us to boldly (or with confidence) come before his throne of grace where we can receive mercy.  Heb. 4:16.  Also, in Hebrews, He promises that he rewards those who diligently seek Him. Heb. 11:6.

In the second part of the same verse, David reminds us that our salvation is from God. When it comes to our souls…eternity…our salvation definitely comes from Him. Ps. 62:1. We repent from following the ways of this world, we turn to Him, who told us to put our trust in His Son.  See, e.g. Matt. 17:5.  Not only do we look to Him for the salvation of our souls, but we look to Him to rescue us in every aspect of our lives.  David faced difficulty when his king, Saul, was trying to kill Him.  David was later challenged when his own son Absalom, stole his throne.  Still, he placed His trust in God.  Not only will God rescue our souls, He will also rescue us in all of our struggles… if we relinquish our pride and trust Him.

Then, in the second verse, David reminds us of God’s nature. See Ps. 62:2.  He is our rock!  He is our salvation! He is our stronghold!  If we stand on our trust in Him we will not be shaken!  If we drop to verse 5, we see the same description, as David reminds us that our hope comes from the Lord.

If any of us is struggling, going through a difficult time, we can certainly look to Psalm 62 for encouragement, and see how despite his oppression, David was willing to put his trust in the Lord.  

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