The Righteous One, when threatened, looking to the Rock for help

In this psalm David returns three times to the similitude of God as his Rock. When things are disturbed, life shaken, evil perpetrated, then what a relief and comfort to know that there is One who is solid and immutable, whose years and nature never change. The contrast of the enemy being a bowing or tottering wall, is heightened by this description of God’s rock-like existence.

By example, David shows us that we are to pour out our hearts before Him at all times. And especially as great power belongs unto God. David had heard this once or twice, which stands for ‘repeatedly.’ But it can also mean that two things belong to God, power and then mercy (v. 12). These truths uphold the believer in the time of trouble; there is nothing too hard for the Lord.

Psalm 62

   1  My soul with expectation
         depends on God indeed;
      My strength and my salvation doth
         from him alone proceed.

   2  He only my salvation is,
         and my strong rock is he:
      He only is my sure defense;
         much moved I shall not be.

   3  How long will ye against a man
         plot mischief? ye shall all
      Be slain; ye as a tott'ring fence
         shall be, and bowing wall.

   4  They only plot to cast him down
         from his excellency:
      They joy in lies; with mouth they bless,
         but they curse inwardly.

   5  My soul, wait thou with patience
         upon thy God alone;
      On him dependeth all my hope
         and expectation.

   6  He only my salvation is,
         and my strong rock is he;
      He only is my sure defense:
         I shall not moved be.

   7  In God my glory placed is,
         and my salvation sure;
      In God the rock is of my strength,
         my refuge most secure.

   8  Ye people, place your confidence
         in him continually;
      Before him pour ye out your heart:
         God is our refuge high.

   9  Surely mean men are vanity,
         and great men are a lie;
      In balance laid, they wholly are
         more light than vanity.

  10  Trust ye not in oppression,
         in robb'ry be not vain;
      On wealth set not your hearts, when as
         increased is your gain.

  11  God hath it spoken once to me,
         yea, this I heard again,
      That power to Almighty God
         alone doth appertain.

  12  Yea, mercy also unto thee
         belongs, O Lord, alone:
      For thou according to his work
         rewardest ev'ry one.

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