Psalm 62

 

“How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?” (Ps. 62:3)

Jake, a lawyer in Mississippi in John Grisham’s novel, “Sycamore Row” knew experience of the Psalmist.  His successful defense of Carl Lee Hailey led the Klan to torch his house.  They burned a cross in his front yard, attempted to blow up the house and hired a sniper who wounded hit a guard.  They threatened his wife on the phone.

Jake knew the feeling of verse 4, “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.”

Verses 3 & 4 are bracketed by a refrain, “For God alone my soul waits in silence, from him comes my salvation.” (vs. 1 &5) His salvation and hope (v. 5) are in “my Rock and my Salvation, my Fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” (vs. 2 & 6)

When we are battered and feeling like a leaning wall or a tottering fence, we are in good company.

If we can’t calm our troubled heart; then where do we look? The psalmist says, “Look to God alone.”  There we will see Jesus who also said, “Now is my soul troubled…” We can look to Jesus who was battered, cursed and murdered, and suffered it all in silence.  God was his rock, his salvation, his hope and his rescue.   As our Rock of salvation, he will still be there when we reach back to grab hold of him and discover he has been holding us all along.

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