62:0David often became ‘strong in God.’ 1 Samuel 23:16 says, ‘Jonathan made David strong in God.’ 1 Samuel 30:6 says, ‘David made himself strong in the Lord his God.’ What does this mean? It means that when David was weak or ill or afraid he asked God to give him help. Because he thought that God would do this, David felt strong again! In this psalm David makes himself ‘strong in God’ by thinking of God as his:
– Rock and strong rock
– Fortress and shelter
– Safety and hope.
Maybe he did this when his son Absalom wanted to be king. David ran away and did not return until Absalom was dead. He says that it is silly to think that men and money can give you help. Also he says that it is stupid to try to do what God does not want.
This is for the music leader of Jeduthun's singers.
It is a song that David wrote.
62:0Jeduthun was one of David's singers and a music leader.
When he died, we think that they still called his group of singers ‘Jeduthun.’ They were part of his family.
1 Only on God is my soul resting.
From him comes my safety.
62:1Verses 1, 2, 5 and 6: The word ‘resting’ here means more than not doing any work. It means not making any noise, and waiting for God to do something. In verse 2 ‘move me’ means ‘stop me resting on God.’ In other words, it means ‘stop me waiting for God to give me help.’ Now in verse 2 David says ‘move me much’ but in verse 6 there is no ‘much.’ Nothing will move him at all! This often happens with Christians. They trust God a little bit, and, when he sends help, they trust him more! ‘Trust’ means that you love, serve and obey God, and that he gives you hope that he will help you.
2 Only he is my rock. He will keep me safe!
He is my fortress, so nothing will move me much.
3 How long will you shout at a man?
You all attack as if he was:
· a wall that is breaking
· a fence that is falling down.
62:3In verse 3 Bible students are not sure whether the breaking wall means David or his enemies. If it is David, the wall will not fall; if it is his enemies then they will soon fall over! Our translation makes David into the wall.
4 They only want to push him off his high place.
They love to tell a lie.
They say good things with their mouths
but think bad things in their hearts.
62:4In verse 4 the ‘high place’ may be the fortress of verses 2 and 6. But it may be a ‘high place’ in the government. As David was king, he had a very high place! At the end of the verse are words like those that James said. James was Jesus' brother. He wrote, ‘Out of the same mouth come good and bad words. My brothers, this should not happen’ (James 3:10). In both Hebrew (the psalm) and Greek (James) ‘good words’ are ‘blessings’ and ‘bad words’ are ‘cursings.’
5 Only on God is my soul resting,
because from him comes my hope.
6 Only he is my rock. He will keep me safe!
He is my fortress so nothing will move me at all.
7 It is God that made me safe and put me somewhere important.
God is a strong rock and a shelter.
8 Everybody should always trust in him!
Tell him everything that is in your heart.
God is our shelter!
62:8In verse 8 David tells all the people – and that includes us! – to tell God everything that is ‘in our hearts.’ This means everything that we think about. God is our shelter as well, if we ask him for help.
9 All men are only as a breath! Everyone is as nothing!
They all weigh less than nothing!
Everybody together is like a breath of air.
62:9Air does not weigh very much. In verse 9 David says that people do not weigh very much either! He means that they are not important. He is writing about the people that do not trust in God. When we trust God, we become the people that accept his kind love, verse 12. Some Bible students think that ‘all men’ in this verse means those who were not rulers. ‘Everybody’ means the rulers, or the government. But nobody is important until they accept God's kind love. God wants everybody to accept his kind love!
10 Do not trust in things that you make people give to you
or that you rob from people.
If you become rich do not think in your heart
that money will give you help.
11 God has said one thing and I have heard two things.
God is strong,
12 and you, Lord, have kind love.
I am sure that you will give to everyone what they should get.