I’ve been working on Scripture memorisation recently. I’m enjoying meditating on Scripture, and letting God’s truth seep deep into my heart. It’s not a discipline that comes easy to me. Almost every year I say to myself, ‘This year, I’m going to work on memorising scripture’, but inevitably I don’t.
Through one thing or another, I began memorising Scripture recently. I started with Exodus 14:14, ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.’ Just yesterday, I finished memorising Psalm 100. Next, I’m going to work on memorising Psalm 62, which is a little longer. To be honest, I feel a little daunted by it. But I’ve picked it because it’s one of my favourites. It’s a Psalm I come back to so often as I find comfort in the truths within it. Read Psalm 62 with me, and I’ll tell you the reasons why I love it so…
“1For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.
2He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
3How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse.
5For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
6He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
7On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
9Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
10Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
11Once God has spoken, twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
12For you will render a man according to his work.”
At times I have felt like that ‘tottering fence’ described in verse 3, battered, over-burdened, ready to fall over and collapse. But when I read through this Psalm, I’m reminded that it’s ok to feel shaky and weak sometimes; God is strong. I may feel weak, but my true identity is found in resting in God (v. 1).
When I read through Psalm 62, I’m reminded to look away from what seems chaotic and unsteady in my life, and look instead to God, who is ‘my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken’ (v.2). God is the source of my safety, my refuge, my protection. When I rest in Him, nothing can shake me. God is unshakeable.
When I read through Psalm 62, I’m reminded of so many of God’s characteristics. My eyes, my heart, my soul are drawn to Him, and away from whatever is chaotic and causing me distress or unease:
God is my rest (v. 1)
God is my salvation (v. 1, 6)
God is my fortress (v. 2, 6)
God is unshakeable (v. 2, 6)
God is my hope (v. 5)
God is my mighty rock (v. 7)
God is my refuge (v. 7)
I can put my trust in God (v. 8)
God is powerful (v. 11)
God is just (v. 12).
As I read through Psalm 62, I’m always struck by the progression from verses 1-2 to verses 5-8. In verses 1-2, the psalmist seems to be describing how he is resting in God, ‘for God alone my soul waits in silence…’ But in verses 5-8, he seems to be telling his soul to rest in God, reminding himself of who God is, despite the danger and attack he seems to be enduring, ‘for Go alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him…’ I don’t know about you, but I relate to this so much. At times, it’s easy to rest in God, other times, I have to remind myself to rest in God. But regardless of my approach, God is the same. In both situations, God is ‘my rock and salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken’ (v. 6).
You may notice that I mention ‘resting in God’, ‘finding my rest in God’ a lot. You might wonder what I mean when I say I find my rest in God. Let me explain. God is my base. God is at the core of who I am. My identity is found is God. When I say that I rest in God, I’m saying that realising, remembering and acknowledging that my identity is in God. Psalm 62:1 says, ‘For God alone my soul waits in silence’. My understanding of this verse is that ‘my soul’ waits for God, because God is home. God is ‘the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end’ (Revelation 22:13). He is the one who made me, and I am His (Psalm 100:3). For me, resting in God feels like taking a deep, inward breath and feeling peaceful and calm. Resting in God is knowing that I am His, and He is mine. It’s knowing that He is my Father, and I am His daughter. It’s knowing that I am justified by faith in Jesus. It’s knowing that I am at peace with God (Romans 5:1-2).
My hope is that as I memorise and meditate on Psalm 62, these truths about God would be reinforced. My hope is that I will find rest in God as easily as taking a breath.
Ps. Just want to share with you an honest admission! My reflection on Psalm 62 are influenced in part by Aaron Keyes song based on Psalm 62, have a listenJ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSp-3kvKQZs