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Psalm 62 - True Rest

Trusting in God's unfailing loves brings you true rest & blessings.


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Read Psalm 62

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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 125


Q. What does the fourth request mean?


A. “Give us today our daily bread” means,

Do take care of all our physical needs

so that we come to know that

you are the only source

of everything good,

and that neither our work and worry

nor your gifts

can do us any good without

your blessing.


And so help us to give up our trust

in creatures

and to put trust in you alone.

 

Summary

Often times in Hebrew poetry, the meaning comes in the middle. Such is the case here in Psalm 62, where v7 is sandwiched between two 8 line stanzas. Everything that you have that has any lasting value - your salvation and your honor - are completely dependent upon God, your mighty rock and refuge.


We have a tendency to think the world is more evil now than it's ever been, but that's probably not the case. Just like today, King David had enemies who delighted in lies attempting to topple him. He too was surrounded by hypocrites who "bless with their mouths but in their hearts they curse."


Greed, that ugly root of sin that Jesus identified in 1 Timothy 6:10, is nothing new either. For ages people have trusted in extortion and put vain hope in stolen goods. Although it seems like they're getting ahead, David here reminds you that ultimately God will "reward all people for what they have done." God sees through the lies and deceit, you can be sure of that!


If you want to live in such a way that "you will not be shaken" no matter what goes on around you, then "trust in Him at all times... pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge (v8)."


In other words, as we've read so many times this year, fully depend on God's unfailing ḥěʹ·sěḏ love (v12). It's as you "pour out your heart to Him (v8)" that you will "find rest (v5)."



Dig Deeper


My former Hebrew professor, Mark Futato, explains well the lesson Psalm 62 teaches:


From this psalm we learn the importance of taking the time to be quiet before God when there is turmoil in our lives. Our temptation is to move into high gear to stay ahead of the storm. While there is a time and place for action, our activity is often a form of self-reliance. So our external pace is as hectic as our internal space. Quieting our souls before God and centering on him as the source of our well-being will produce the state of heart and mind needed to take action when appropriate.

One way of quieting your soul and putting your trust in the Lord is to pray daily the simple prayer Jesus taught us: Give us each day our daily bread.


  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father, who is our rock and our salvation, He is our fortress, we will never be shaken;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that you will find rest in God as you put your hope in Him alone;

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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