January 9, 2019- Silence, Hope, and the Gospel in a Psalm- Psalm 62

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For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

He alone 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. Psalm 62 (ESV)

The holidays are over. School is back in session and people are back into the normal non-holiday routines.  The constant barrage of activity and marketing pitches and hustle has slowed down and life has settled down into an awkward silence for many of us.

Silence can be a comfort, especially for those of us who could use more of it, but it can also carry anxiety with it, a feeling of dread or trepidation over not knowing what’s next.

The psalmist reminds us that silence is a place in which we can take great comfort and rest because we are waiting on God. It’s not the nervous kind of hope we have when we are waiting on a ride or for an important appointment, but a joyful hope because we are assured what we believe is true. God alone, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is our fortress, the One we can rely upon, the One who created us and brings us to eternal life. This is a wonderful message of comfort and joy!

There is prophecy throughout the Psalms. Today’s Psalm that we are studying, Psalm 62, is no exception.  We learn of both the sovereignty and the suffering of Jesus. As we pray this Psalm, it points us directly to place all of our hope in Him.

How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, (Jesus) like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him
(Jesus) 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 (Jesus) only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

These verses speak of Jesus and how He will be attacked and rejected and sacrificed, yet our hope is in Him alone.

We are easily intimidated by the situations and the people in this world. We see people “getting ahead” by trampling on others, ignoring justice and not caring about how God would have us behave.  We are guilty of those things as well and we do not live perfectly either.  The psalmist reminds us we need to keep our eyes on Jesus as our hope, no matter what others do or even when we fail.

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.

Jesus is the One who covers us. We do not earn or deserve anything good from God, but Jesus comes to us with salvation as a free gift.

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
(Jesus’) work.

On the surface these two verses appear to be contradictory, however, in Christ HIS work upon the Cross became our work. The power belongs to God to save, to defeat death and restore.  When God looks at us, His named and claimed baptized children, He sees Jesus’ perfect work on the Cross.

Our hope is in Christ alone. As we pray the Psalms, we see Jesus and we put ourselves in agreement with Him. In the silence we can take comfort that God is very much with us and that our hope is in the Way, the Truth and the Light.

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