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Psalm 62: When Your Faith in God is Challenged

“Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. 3 How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, like a leaning wall and a tottering fence. 4 They only consult to cast him down from his high position; they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah 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 9 Surely men of low degree are a vapor, men of high degree are a lie; if they are weighed on the scales, they are altogether lighter than vapor. 10 Do not trust in oppression, nor vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them. 11 God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God.12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; for You render to each one according to his work.”

The crisis that has called forth this marvelous expression of faith is not clear. The text describes an assault on the Psalmist. David has been assaulted by the unscrupulous attacks of his enemies, who flattered him with their words but cursed him in their hearts (62:3–4).  I believe that you and I can admire the confidence and security David experienced in this Psalm, but we need to realize that such wonderful qualities do not come easily or naturally.

When our faith is challenged by those who do not know the Lord we have said, or at least thought “How can a loving God allow this to happen to us?”   However, we have learned from the Scriptures that this is one of Satan’s oldest tricks.  He is always enticing us to question God and to doubt His love. In the Garden of Eden, Satan tempted Eve by casting doubt on God’s motives in forbidding her and Adam to eat of a particular tree (Ge. 3:1-5). In doing so, the devil challenged Eve’s faith in God’s goodness and love for them. Eve’s doubts provoked her to yield to temptation, and sin and death entered the world (Rom. 5:12).  Consider also that Satan challenged Job’s faith in God by taking everything away from him in a flash.  He cruelly attacked his health and made him miserable physically.  Still, Job stood strong in his faith (Job 3:15). 

Because we live in this world of sin and darkness, we can be certain that we will face circumstances that will challenge our faith in God and His goodness. It may be:

          Sickness, disease, or serious accident

The death of a child, spouse, or other loved one

The loss of a business, employment, or income

A vicious assault or attack

An unjust law or judgment

The prosperity of the wicked

The suffering and cruelty that exist in our world

The most important thing about this beautiful psalm is that the psalmist is making God his only object of trust and that is why he could be so confident.  Trust honors God, and we do well to begin our petitions to God by expressing our trust in Him.  Psalm 91:1-2 (NKJV) gives this assurance: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” It then goes on to quote the righteous one who has made God his refuge: “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him will I trust.’”

The psalmist gives four reasons for his trust. First, salvation in God. "From him cometh my salvation... my salvation" (Psalm 62:1, 2). God had saved him from past trials which encourages trust for deliverance from future trials.

Second, support in God. "He only is my rock" (Psalm 62:2). A rock is a foundation support and speaks of excellent support.

Third, shield from God. "He is my defense" (Psalm 62:2). The shield is the soldier's defense in battle. God is the shield behind which the psalmist defends himself in attack from his troubles.

Fourth, steadfastness from God. "I shall not be greatly moved" (Psalm 62:2). God gives the psalmist steadfastness to survive his troubles. This also inspires his trust in God.

When our faith is challenged, we tend to worry, tremble in fear and be characterized by doubt. However, we need to do as the psalmist and put our trust in the Lord.

Jesus said: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).