Psa. 61: 1, 2: - "My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. (NASB)
Today marked a time of sharp rebuked from the Lord for not writing on this Psalm last night. He directed so and my choice was a "break" to watch a show. Excuses went; 'People seem so selective in reading, commenting, or liking blogs. Some no longer reply to mails, accept friend requests, and exclude. The cliques are becoming frustrating and what You place on heart to write, really seems to only speak to very few.' Fitting the program was poor and a waste of time.
The Spirit clearly indicated my responsibility is obedience to Him; strongly pointing at my failure to do. Also, indicating greater interest in obedience as He continues to be God and deal with each person (including me), right where they are at. In repentance of a horrid attitude of heart, now humbly offering before Him and any He desires these words.
The opening verses are repeated in five and six of this Psalm. As adults, repeating something to our children is for emphasis and drawing attention of significance. Usually, something asked or reinforcement of a message. (e.g. - do this to remain safe or reassurance of love, etc.)
Written by David, the Lord gives view of who we are and warning to not allow riches, power, or position to corrupt. This remains true in both the physical and spiritual realms. Not allowing pride to insidiously seep inside our spiritual heart and good areas of the Lord. If so, a spiritual force used of God becomes ineffectual.
Four English words were highlighted for further understanding in the Hebrew:
The picture provided in heart is a child hurt and crying. Pain so great even held by their parent to comfort, they must cry to exhaustion. Until then they do not rest in their father or mother's arms. My cries to the Lord may continue on and on. He will continue to hold, listen, and comfort. However, until finally spent of hurt and grief my soul is not resting and able to receive All He desires be given and done.
At rest, receiving deliverance in the Most High to ascend the high places Christ desires for comfort, healing, freedom, and growth. Remaining in rest no slipping, falling down, or being moved occurs . The Lord is our glory and as verse eight instructs the pouring forth from the deepest parts of our heart begins to happen. Soil of heart requiring relinquishment of areas never realized ... now revealed by the Spirit to be made good.
Psa. 62:8, 9 - "Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. 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" (NKJV)
Two weighty and sobering items confront in verses nine and twelve. We are lighter than vapor rising from earth quickly disappearing into air. Though the years seem long, we reside on this earth only for a blink of the eye. Quickly reminded to redeem time in Christ and be used of God to the fullest.
In the closing of Psalm 62, the Lord states He will give us according to what we have done.
Psa. 62:12 - "Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work." (NKJV)
What exactly have we done? In reality not much, though we may believe something of great or small amounts were accomplished. In truth in our own abilities we achieve nothing for the Kingdom. David knew in writing this Psalm being enabled in righteousness, strength, and works of glory and power comes from the Lord Himself. We also are plainly told this truth by Jesus.
May we find rest, heavenly high places, and never be moved in Christ the solid rock on which we stand.
John 15:5 - "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." (NASB)
Attributions: New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright The Lockman Foundation.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.