Psalm 62

If someone told you to find rest, where would you look?

It depends on what kind of rest you are looking for.

If your body needs rest, you would likely find it in a comfy bed in a quiet room that’s just the right temperature.

But if your soul needs rest, a bed won’t do.

The soul finds rest in God alone.

My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him. (v. 1)

A soul at rest is able to wait on God to work.

The ESV translates Psalm 62:1 this way:

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.

Just as the body finds rest easier in a quiet environment, the soul finds rest in waiting quietly for God. Salvation is not up to us. Salvation comes from God. You can trust Him to act in His timing on your behalf.

A soul at rest is unshakeable.

He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (v. 2)

When God is your Rock, your salvation, and your fortress, no circumstance can shake you loose from His protection.

My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge. (v. 7)

God is not distant. His protection and His salvation is personal. Like the psalmist, you can declare, “He is my Rock, my refuge, my salvation, the protector of my reputation.”

A soul at rest remembers hope comes from God, not a change in circumstance.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him. (v. 5)

Sometimes you have to remind yourself to remember the truth. When the enemy is attacking relentlessly or life is crashing all around, you need to remind yourself to actively find rest in God and to remember that true hope comes from God.

A soul at rest trusts in God, not possessions.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge. (v. 8)

Do not trust in extortion
or take pride in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
do not set your heart on them. (v. 10)

Need rest, true soul rest? Trust God, not the size of your bank account. Trust God at all times, in scarcity and in plenty. Do not set your heart on increasing your possessions. Instead, pour your heart out to God. Tell Him what you need.

A soul at rest listens to God.

Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. (v. 11-12a ESV)

When your soul needs rest, listen to God’s Word. Your soul needs to be reminded who God is, especially in difficult times when your emotions tell you things are impossible.

Power belongs to God.
Nothing is impossible for Him.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

Steadfast love belongs to God.
Nothing can separate us from His love.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Find rest in God.
He is your Rock.
He is your salvation.
He is your fortress.
When you find rest in Him, you will not be shaken.

Father, I look to You for the rest my soul needs. I will wait on You. My hope comes from You. I put my trust in You, not in my plans or my possessions. You are my Rock. You are my salvation. You are my fortress and my refuge. Nothing is impossible for You. Thank You that nothing can separate me from Your love. Help me hear Your voice of truth today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Psalm 61

Heritage.

God has given a heritage, or inheritance, to those who know Him, to those who fear His name.

God has given us prayer.

Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer. (v. 1)

From the ends of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint. (v. 2a)

Wherever we are, even if we find ourselves at the ends of the earth, we can cry out to God in prayer and He will hear.

Whatever our circumstances, even when our hearts are faint or our courage is weak, we can pray and ask God for His help.

God has given us His perspective.

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (v. 2b)

God is often called our Rock, our shelter and stability. He also sees beyond what we can see from our human vantage point. Just as we might climb to a high rock to get a better view of the land below, we can ask God to show us His eternal perspective of our circumstances. His Word reveals His eternal view. He invites us to follow where He leads.

God has given us His protection.

For You have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy. (v. 3)

God is our refuge, our safe place.
His name is our strong tower, our protection against the lies and attacks of the enemy. He is for us, not against us. His love for us will never fail.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10 ESV

“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

God has given us His presence.

Let me dwell in Your tent [Your presence] forever!
Let me take refuge under the shelter of Your wings! (v. 4)

God’s presence is our greatest reward.

More than promised descendants, land or protection, God told Abraham that He was Abraham’s great reward.

Don’t be afraid…I am your shield, your very great reward. Genesis 15:1

More than an angelic escort into the Promised Land, Moses recognized that nothing was worth more than God’s presence. Better to stay in the desert with God than go to the Promised Land without Him.

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. Exodus 33:14-15

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit. God’s presence would now be in us and dwell with us.

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:15-17

Jesus promised to be with us until the end of the age.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

God has given us His promises.

For You, O God, have heard my vows.
You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. (v. 5)

David wrote about the heritage God promised Abraham and his descendants. God promised Abraham descendants that would outnumber the stars, promised land that would forever belong to His people, and promised that He would bless every nation on earth through Abraham.

Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’ Exodus 32:13

God promised to send the Messiah to redeem His people from their sins. Jesus, God’s one and only Son, paid for our sins on the cross and made a way for us to be adopted into God’s family. Jesus has given us a living hope and a promised, eternal inheritance that will never fade.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you… 1 Peter 1:3-4

Jesus promised that He would prepare a place for us in heaven to be with Him forever.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:3

Until that day, God has given us His Spirit as a deposit, a promise to guarantee our eternal inheritance.

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Those who worship God and fear His name have a beautiful inheritance.

Prayer.
Perspective.
Protection.
Presence.
Promises.

Thank God for your heritage of faith today.

Father, thank You for the spiritual heritage You have given me through Your Son, Jesus. Thank you for the privilege of prayer. Give me your perspective on the circumstances that surround me. I need Your protection today. Thank You for the deposit and guarantee of the Holy Spirit, for Your very presence that dwells in me. Your presence is my greatest reward. Thank You for the promises of Your Word, written down so that I read them again and again. Thank You for my eternal inheritance. I long for the day I am with You face to face. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Psalm 60

Psalm 60 is a prayer for restoration, a plea for God to once again fight for His people to give them victory. Written by David, the psalm describes a time when God allowed His people to experience desperate times.

O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
you have been angry; oh, restore us. (v. 1 ESV)

You have shown your people desperate times… (v. 3)

Confident in God’s love and promises, David asks God to deliver His people.

Save us and help us with your right hand,
that those you love may be delivered. (v. 4-5)

David recognizes that only God can give them victory over the enemy. David attributes defeat to the armies going out to fight alone, without God’s aid. He makes a plea for God to fight with them and on their behalf.

Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us
and no longer go out with our armies?
Give us aid against the enemy,
for the help of man is worthless.
With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies. (v. 10-12)

How does Psalm 60 help us today?

Psalm 60 reminds us that God sometimes allows His people to experience desperate times. When times are hard, it can seem as if God is rejecting us in anger. In times like these, we can cry out like David, “Oh, restore us!”

Psalm 60 also reminds us that God’s truth is a banner that those who fear Him can run to in difficult times.

You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
that they may flee to it from the bow. (v. 4 ESV)

In verses 6-8, David quotes promises God made about the land of Israel. This truth is a reminder that God will ultimately bring victory over Israel’s enemies.

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:4

Psalm 60 reminds us to run to God’s promises that today’s defeat is temporary. God’s ultimate victory is guaranteed.

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4

When you were dead in your sins…God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:13-15

Psalm 60 reminds us that the help of man is worthless against spiritual enemies. Only God can give us aid against the enemy. God has given us His weapons for spiritual battle.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18

So when you feel defeated, ask God to come to your aid.
Ask Him to restore you.
Trust His love and His promises.
Remember, the enemy was defeated at the cross.
Put on the full armor of God.
And run to the banner of this truth:

With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies. (v. 12)

Father, I thank You that You did what I could never do. You defeated the enemy, securing victory over sin and death on the cross. You have given me spiritual weapons to fight the enemy. I put on the full armor of God and take my stand today. Thank You for fighting for me and with me. Help me today. Victory comes from You alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Psalm 59

Words matter.

Words can bless, or words can wound.

The tongue has the power of life and death… Proverbs 18:21

Psalm 59 is a prayer for deliverance from a vicious attack of slanderous words.

David’s enemies use their words as weapons, spewing false accusations like swords. Filled with pride, they prowl around under cover of darkness like a pack of dogs terrorizing a city, thinking no one can stop them.

In contrast, David uses his words to pray and to praise.

David prays and asks God for deliverance from his enemies attacks and lies.

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
protect me from those who rise up against me. (v. 1)

I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
Arise to help me; look on my plight! (v. 4)

For the sins of their mouths,
for the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride.
For the curses and lies they utter,
consume them in wrath,
consume them till they are no more.
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
that God rules… (v. 12-13)

David begins his day with praise, celebrating the refuge he finds in God, his fortress, and singing about God’s strength and love. David sets his focus on God in the morning.

But I will sing of your strength,
in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.
O my Strength, I sing praise to you;
you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. (v. 16-17)

Recognizing that God is his shield and protection, David does not retaliate against his enemies with his own war of words. Instead, David chooses to make prayer and praise the priority for his words.

We choose our words.

Words can bless, or words can wound.
Words have the power of life and death.

Troubles come.
But I will sing.

If we set our focus on God in the morning, if we put our confidence in His love and protection, we can choose to praise even in times of trouble.

Father, You are LORD God Almighty. You are my shield. You are my Strength. You are my fortress, my safe refuge in times trouble. Help me to set my focus on You each morning. Help me use my words to bless and give life. Fill my heart with songs of Your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Psalm 58

Injustice.

This broken planet is filled with it. The powerful take advantage of the weak. Laws are applied unfairly. The wicked use violence to get their way.

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
Do you judge uprightly among men?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,
and your hands mete out violence on the earth. (v. 1-2)

Psalm 58 is a prayer for justice, for God to judge the wicked and avenge the righteous. It is an honest prayer, with vivid language expressing a longing for the wicked to be punished. It is also a prayer of trust in the timing of God’s judgment.

The righteous will be glad when they are avenged… (v. 10a)

Then men will say,
“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
surely there is a God who judges the earth.” (v. 11)

When we see injustice, we can pour out our hearts and emotions to God in prayer, asking Him to make things right.

When we see injustice, we can remember these things.

  • God is a God of justice.

And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice. Psalm 50:6

  • Earthly leaders may fail to judge rightly, but God’s justice will prevail.

Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one gets justice. Proverbs 29:26

  • God will show compassion while you wait for justice.

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!  

Isaiah 30:18

  • No one escapes God’s judgment.

…the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 2 Peter 2:9

  • Don’t stop seeking justice.

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

God is a God of justice. One day, He will make all things right.

Father, when I see injustice, remind me that You are a God of justice. When I experience injustice, remind me that no one escapes Your judgment. While I wait for Your justice to prevail, be gracious to me and show me compassion. Help me to not become weary in doing good. Show me how to seek justice and defend the oppressed. I place my trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Psalm 57

When disaster strikes, what can we do?

We can do what David did.
Hunted by King Saul, hiding from his pursuers in a cave, David cried out to God in prayer. His prayer is recorded in Psalm 57.

When disaster strikes or enemies pursue us, we too can turn to God and cry out to Him.

We can take comfort in His presence.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed. (v. 1)

We can find refuge, a safe place, in God’s presence until the disaster has passed. Like a mother bird hides her young under a protective wing in times of danger, God will hold us close and protect us from disaster when we cry out for mercy.

We can find confidence in His love.

I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me;
God sends his love and his faithfulness. (v. 2-3)

God loves us. He is faithful at all times. He is God Most High. He will fulfill His purpose for us. No disaster is powerful enough to stop His plans. We cry out to this God, this sovereign, loving, and faithful God and He will send from heaven to save us.

When we are confident in His love, our hearts are steady even in the midst of disaster.

My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music. (v. 7)

We can renew our commitment to praise.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth. (v. 5, 11)

I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies. (v. 9-10)

When we take refuge in God’s presence and have confidence in His love, we won’t wait until the disaster has passed to praise Him. We will long to see His glory fill the earth. We will sing of the great love and faithfulness of God Most High among all people, all nations. We will not let our current circumstances stop us from our eternal purpose of making disciples in all nations. We will praise!

Comfort in His presence.
Confidence in His love.
Commitment to His praise.

When disaster comes, cry out to God Most High for mercy.
Take refuge in His love and faithfulness.

Let your glory be over all the earth!

Father, You are God Most High. Your love reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness reaches to the skies. My heart is steadfast, knowing that You love me and will hide me in Your presence when disaster comes. My heart is steadfast, knowing that You will fulfill Your purposes for me. I will tell the nations of Your love and faithfulness. Let your glory fill the earth! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Psalm 56

If suggests a possibility.

When implies a certainty.

When I am afraid,
I will trust in you. (v. 3)

Not if I am afraid.
But when I am afraid.

Fear is a certainty on this broken planet.

Sin separated us from the safety God intended in the Garden. Fear replaced fellowship with God as Adam and Eve scrambled to hide themselves and cover their actions.

What are we afraid of?

We fear rejection, loss of reputation, loss of resources, isolation, pain, and, most of all, death.

So when David writes about fear, he writes about when, not if.
He writes about the only antidote to fear: trust in God.

When I am afraid. Fear happens.
And when it does, I will choose to trust in God.

How does David know that trust dispels fear?

He knows God’s Word.

In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me? (v. 4)

When we study God’s Word like David did, we will know God’s character. We will know His love for us. We will know His plans for us. We will learn to have an eternal perspective on our circumstances.

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
When fear comes, I choose to trust.

In God I trust; I will not be afraid.
When fear comes, I choose to trust.
And when I choose to trust, I don’t have to stay afraid.

God’s Word tells us not to be afraid of what people can do to us.

David asked “What can mortal man do to me?” Man can only kill the body, not the soul. Eternity with God is secure for those who know Him.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28

Paul encourages us with the truth that no one can separate from the love of God in Christ Jesus. With His love, we can endure hardship, persecution, and the sword.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

When David was afraid, he traded his fear for trust in God. We know David’s fear was intense because he cried tears as he called on God for help.

You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me. (v. 8-9 ESV)

God sees and values our tears. He keeps a record of them. Our tears and our fears are important to God. He does not dismiss them.

God is for us.
We can trust Him.

Fear happens.
When, not if.
I love the honesty of God’s Word.
I love that the truth that meets us where we live and shows us the way to the Father.

I love that God’s Word doesn’t make fear a small thing, a weak thing. Fear is treated as an important emotion to recognize. We aren’t told to just get over it. We are shown the way bring our fear to our loving Father and exchange it for trust in Him.

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

In God I trust; I will not be [stay] afraid.

This I know, that God is for me.

I will present my thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life. (v. 12-13)

Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank you for showing me what to do when I’m afraid. When I am afraid, I will trust in You. Thank you that no one and no circumstance can separate me from Your love. This I know: You are for me. You have delivered me and given me the gift of salvation through Your Son, Jesus. I want to walk with You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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