Ps. 62:5-6 “My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
Have you ever noticed the aspect of the human nature that reacts when we feel an injustice has been done, when something happens that shouldn’t?
When death settles into a home, when we see brutality unfolding in our world, when the unexpected happens and it seems all is lost?
When life isn’t fair, when our expectations are not met, when relationships break and crumble? When the body no longer functions as it ought, when sickness settles in, when old age begins to limit the body and slowly, bit by bit, takes abilities away?
There’s a cry that wells up in us, the cry of injustice!
It’s not right. We know, sense and feel it in every part of our being. This isn’t how life is supposed to be!
We grieve. Anger. Frustration. Battling with limitations, with our suddenly-realized lack of control. Perhaps we need time alone to wrestle with God. Perhaps we need someone to talk to. Perhaps we need to rage and vent.
Rarely is the first response sweet repose, silence and gentle trust in our God. Sometimes, I wonder if there was a precursor to this Psalm, one where frustration and anger shook the author?
“My soul waits in silence for God only…my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
The Psalms are full of soulful expressions of the heart and certainly, the authors do rage in many. But here, there’s quietness, peace and trust.
And I cannot help but wonder if David found rest because of a later verse, that he keenly did as it suggested:
“Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Ps 62:8).
Anger? Frustration? Grief that runs deep? Hurt by your own doing or from another? To the throne of God it goes!
This transparency can be a difficult thing. Perhaps we don’t feel we have the emotional energy to enter into our mess. Maybe I’m uncomfortable with it? Perhaps I feel vulnerable when expressing myself on such a deep level?
And yet this seems to be the key character trait of this man, David. He didn’t shrink away, but ran to. And he was able to wait, to be silent, to risk everything and wait for God to appear.
“My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
“On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God” (Ps 62:5-7).
May we remember that whatever is on our hearts today, it is neither too great nor too small to bring and lay at the Father’s feet.