Rock Fortress for a Leaning Wall

 

This past week, someone posted a series of photos on Facebook of my home church, Christ Lutheran – Pipe Lake.  My great grandfather and grandfather built the original structure in 1902.  They also built the house in which my family lived.  When there was no one left to live in it and it was becoming an apartment complex to various varmints, my young brother hired a man to batter it down with a backhoe.  The operator commented “That house was built to stand.”

Psalm 62 is a psalm “Of David.”  The psalm is written for those occasions when life has battered us about so that we feel “like a leaning wall, a tottering fence.” We can’t stand much more and much longer without some support.  Another blow and we will go down.

However, what the psalmist has done is calm himself down and wait for God to support him.  “He only is my rock and my salvation.” He makes us “a house built to stand.”  Therefore, “I will not be greatly shaken.”   He confesses, God is his rock and salvation; his hope; his glory and refuge…” the power belongs to God…to you belongs steadfast love.”

Based on his own experience he counsels others, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him God is a refuge for us.”  But we may have to wait in patience.  In fact, much of the language in the New Testament is directed toward the certain future.  “Whoever calls on the Lord shall be saved.”  From heaven” we eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” We are, “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”  Therefore, Paul in romans encourages us, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”

While we wait with perseverance, Paul also encourages to continue working, “not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfast in prayers; distributing to the needs of the saints.”

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