PSALMS 2018 | DAY XXV

READ PSALM 62

 

David is concluding Psalm 62 with a recitation of who God is.

 

What do you think the opening lines of verse eleven mean?

 

David is reiterating the power of God. First, he has heard God say that He holds all power, and, second, he has seen this oracle on repeat in his own life. This is why some translations render this phrase, “two things I have learned.” This is David’s own way of expressing something that he knows emphatically – both because God has said it in His Word, and because David has seen it in his own life.

 

What two truths does David know emphatically?

 

David, having proclaimed that his hope and salvation belong to God alone, knows first that God is all powerful. David has likely reflected on his own life situation, and has remembered all the ways that God displayed His mighty hand of power on David’s behalf.

 

Why do you think David is currently thinking about God’s power? Consider the context of this Psalm.

 

David has been under attack from those who spew falsehood to his demise! They seek to destroy him and bring him low, and David, in this place of victimhood, needs to be reminded: God has all power. Those who seek to harm him are small and measly in comparison to David’s God. David’s God is powerful, His arm is not short, and He is able and mighty to save.

 

In what areas of your own life do you need to be reminded of the power of your God?

 

Next, David proclaims the second lesson he has heard and learned: God is steadfast in love and faithfulness. Here again is that wonderfully rich Hebrew word: hesed. David knows that God alone is full of covenant-keeping promises, being faithful to maintain His relationship to His people.

 

Why do you think David is currently thinking about God’s power? Consider the context of this Psalm.

 

In the midst of strained relationships, when we cannot tell who is on our side or against us, we need the reminder that God is always for us because He will keep His covenant with us! David looks at all the divisive relationships around him and he reminds himself that God will never leave him or forsake him – not because David is deserving, but because God is a God of covenant faithfulness.

 

In what areas of your own life do you need to be reminded of the covenant faithfulness of your God?

 

God has promised to be for us because Christ has brought us into the family of God through his death and resurrection. When you and I experience the strain of human relationships – whether in our families of origin or in friendship relationships or in marriage – we need to be reminded that God has been faithful to us. In Christ, God has made us His sons and daughters. And we can never lose that status because He will never cease to keep His covenant! We, like David, can rest assured that God is for us because we are united to Christ.

 

PRAY & REFLECT

Supplication: Ask God to remind you of His power and steadfast love. Ask Him to sink these truths into your mind, heart, and relationships today.

Submission: Confess to God all the ways you’re tempted to find power or love in relationships or things other than Him. Ask Him to teach you to rest in Him alone. Use the words of Psalm 62 to tell Him that you will trust in Him alone.

Author: amygannett

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  • Hello- I am enjoying going through this study. I did get behind so I am catching up now. I wanted to ask you about Psalm 62:12 “You reward everyone according to what they have done.” Can you help me understand more what that is meaning? I feel that verse can be misused or understood. I didn’t know if you had come across the meaning in any of your studies. Thank you

    • Hi! So glad you’re enjoying the study! I haven’t done any research in the original languages on this verse, but given the context I believe that eternal “rewards” are in view here, rather than divine karma. For the person who’s faith is in Christ (which would include the OT Jewish believer who believed and hoped in the coming of Christ) the reward is eternal life with God through Christ. For the person who does not place their faith in Christ, it is eternal separation from God. The author, in my brief estimation, is praising God for His faithful justice and reliable character.