PSALM 62 (Amplified)
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.
2 He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Defense and my fortress, I shall not be greatly moved.
3 How long will you set upon a man that you may slay him, all of you, like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
4 They only consult to case him down from his height [to dishonor] him; they delight in lies. They bless with their mouths, but they curse inwardly. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
5 My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.
6 He only is my Rock and my salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved.
7 With God rests my salvation and my glory; He is my Rock of unyielding strength and impenetrable hardness, and my refuge is in God!
8 Trust in, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us ( a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
9 Men of low degree [in the social scale] are emptiness (futility, a breath) and men of high degree [in the same scale] are a lie and a delusion. In the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Trust not in and rely confidently not on extortion and oppression, and do not vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase set not your heart on them.
11 God has spoken once, twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God.
12 Also to You, O Lord, belong mercy and loving-kindness, for You render to every man according to his work. [Jer. 17:10; Rev. 22:12.]
From generation to generation the nature of people remains the same. As we read in Psalm 62 where King David pours out his lament to the Lord we see that he had issues with people around him similar to those we experience today.
Just as in David’s time, we are not responsible and cannot control the choices others make in terms of their behavior and attitudes. We are responsible only for our own individual choices. And in light of the choices of others, we are responsible for how we chooose to respond.
We are called to love others, not necessarily agree with them. We are called to forgive and move on, but forgiveness does not condone the wrong. We are called to understand our hope is to be in God alone.
No matter what is going on around us, no matter the choices others are making and the unavoidable repercussions these seem to have for us, we need to remember that God is in control and will use ALL these things for good in light of eternity. God is greater than anything anyone will try to do and so we turn to Him, cry out to Him, rely on only Him, seek to listen for His instructions and obey.
God is the only long-term Victor. He is our General. When we are with Him, we are on the winning team!
5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed [with great evil] is the strong man who trusts in and relies on frail man, making weak [human] flesh his arm, and whose mind and heart turn aside from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like a shrub or a person naked and destitute in the desert; and he shall not see any good come, but shall dwell in the parched wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
7 [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, and be acquainted with his own heart and mind]?
10 I, the Lord, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. (Jer. 17:5-10 Amplified)
SELAH [Pause, and calmly think of that]!
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