PSALM 62#A song of trust displaying serenity from experiencing God’s power (the refrains of Ps 62:2–3 and Ps 62:6–7) and anger toward unjust enemies (Ps 62:4–5). From the experience of being rescued, the psalmist can teach others to trust in God (Ps 62:9–12).
Trust in God Alone
1For the leader; ‘al Jeduthun.#‘Al Jeduthun: apparently the Hebrew name for the melody. A psalm of David.
2My soul rests in God alone,#a. [62:2–3, 6–7] Ps 18:3; 31:3–4; 42:10; 118:8; 146:3.
from whom comes my salvation.
3God alone is my rock and salvation,
my fortress; I shall never fall.
4How long will you set yourself against a man?
You shall all be destroyed,
Like a sagging wall
or a tumbled down fence!
5Even highly placed people
plot to overthrow him.
They delight in lies;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.#b. [62:5] Ps 12:3; 28:3; 55:22; Prv 26:24–25.Selah
6My soul, be at rest in God alone,
from whom comes my hope.
7God alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not fall.
8My deliverance and honor are with God,#c. [62:8] Ps 3:3; Is 26:4; 60:19.
my strong rock;
my refuge is with God.
9Trust God at all times, my people!
Pour out your hearts to God our refuge!Selah
10Mortals are a mere breath,
the sons of man but an illusion;#d. [62:10] Ps 39:6–7; 144:4; Jb 7:16; Wis 2:5.
On a balance they rise;#On a balance they rise: precious objects were weighed by balancing two pans suspended from a beam. The lighter pan rises.
together they weigh nothing.
11Do not trust in extortion;
in plunder put no empty hope.
On wealth that increases,
do not set your heart.#e. [62:11] Jb 31:25; Eccl 5:9; Jer 17:11; Mt 6:19–21, 24.
12#One thing…two things: parallelism of numbers for the sake of variation, a common device in Semitic poetry. One should not literally add up the numbers, cf. Am 1:3; Prv 6:16–19; 30:15, 18, 21.One thing God has said;
two things I have heard:#f. [62:12] Jb 40:5.
Strength belongs to God;
13so too, my Lord, does mercy,
For you repay each man
according to his deeds.#g. [62:13] Ps 28:4; 31:24; 2 Sm 3:39; Jb 34:11; Jer 17:10; Mt 16:27; Rom 2:6; 2 Tm 4:14.