READ PSALM 62
Psalm 62 comes on the heels of David’s earnest plea and praise to God for keeping His covenantal promises as he anticipates the coming of the ultimate King. Though these Psalms were likely not written in tandem, they were arranged to follow one another that we might see God’s faithful, promise-keeping ways and that the believer who uses this book of prayer might grow in faith.
David’s tone here reminds us of Psalm 61. Share what Psalm 61:1 and 62:1 have in common?
David finds himself once again in distress as he comes before the Lord. This time, he is silent as he waits for God to bring salvation. The heaviness in his heart has stopped up his lips, causing him to sit in silence before God with his needs.
Read Psalm 62:1-2. What repeated words or themes do you see from Psalm 61?
David previously asked God for deliverance from his enemies, imploring God to be his rock and his tower. Here, David proclaims this truth: God IS my rock and my fortress! God has answered his previous prayer by being to him a safe place and a secure dwelling. David, then, has the ability to wait in silence knowing that God has heard his prayer. He needs not cry to heaven again because God is his rock, and God is his fortress. He can wait in silence because God has heard and God has answered!
Are there areas in your own life in which you need to trust that God has heard you and that he has already answered you in Christ?
David next lays out his situation. Verses three and four tell us that David is being attacked unnecessarily by others. The people who attack him delight in telling lies about him and in exerting their power over him. David is a victim of slander and violence by those who appear to be his friends, but who are ultimately seeking his harm.
And David’s prayerful response is not for their destruction, but a confession that God alone is his hope.
Have you experienced this kind of abuse from someone who outwardly appeared to be on your team?
How might you need the reminder that God alone is your hope?
David knows that he is not waiting to be proven right, or waiting to “come out on top.” He is placing his entire hope in waiting on God.
What role do you think David’s silence plays in this prayer?
I don’t think David is being silent before God (after all, he is praying!) but I think he is silently waiting before God in the face of his attacker. Let me be clear: scholars don’t take an exegetical stand on this, but I think it is definitely an exegetical possibility. David could very well be bringing his plight before the Lord and, in his outward social life, be maintaining his silence as he waits for God to vindicate him.
Are there places in your life in which you need to be silent, not defensive, before others, trusting that God will vindicate you?
How might God be calling you to this work today?
PRAY & REFLECT
Supplication: Do you have relationships that are antagonizing you? Do you feel defensive in particular relationships? Talk to God about them. Ask Him for help.
Submission: Tell God that you will wait on Him to vindicate you. Ask Him to show you how He would have you trust in God alone for your vindication.*
*Let me be incredibly clear here: we are not talking about abuse. If you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship, please seek help from the authorities. Abuse grieves the heart of God, and He does not desire for any of His children to live in abusive situations.