CALM IN THE STORM
PSALM 62:5-8 NKJ
5 My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
Here is another great Psalm from David. In this Psalm, we see him express his heart for God and who God is to him.
My soul is waiting silently for God. The idea of a soul that is quiet is vastly different than a soul in turmoil. When David says his soul is waiting silently for God, we get the picture of inner peace.
How can David's soul be at peace? Because of where David has his hope. The New King James Version says my expectation is from Him. In the biblical context, hope and expectation are synonymous terms. Hope is not fondly wishing, which is often how we use hope today. Hope means to expect. And it is the expectation is of something good, not bad. It would be difficult to have your soul quiet if you were expecting the worst.
Then David makes another declaration of his faith. He declares that God is his rock and salvation and defense. Because God is this kind of strength in his life, David will not be moved. Another word for moved is shaken.
David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, goes on to declare God is his salvation, rock of his strength, and his place of safety, his refuge.
Then David encourages the people to trust in God all the time. To pour out their hearts before Him because He is a refuge.
David does not deny that he has problems. But his ratio of talking answers to problems is at least 3 to 1, maybe even more.
As you think about yourself in the light of this Psalm, some great questions arise. These questions are a means to make adjustments and improvements, not to condemn.
How quiet is my soul, my inner life? What am I expecting in my life? What am I expecting from God? What and who do I declare that God is to me?
Answering these four questions may be a bit unsettling at first. But we can all adjust.
David had a genuine heart for God and a trust in God that helped him overcome time and time again. I want to follow his pattern.