Psalm 62

This is a song that David wrote for the music leader, Jeduthun.

Only God can save me!

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 strong, safe place, so nothing will upset me.

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.


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 strong, safe place, so nothing will upset me.

7 It is God who has kept me safe,

and he has made me great.

God is the strong place where I can hide and be safe.

8 Everybody should always trust in him!

Tell him everything that is in your heart.

God is our safe place to hide!


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.