I have been looking at Psalm 62 and have been greatly encouraged by it because it shows how God is the best place to come to when life is tough. Below are some thoughts on a few verses from the psalm.
Seek refuge and shelter in God:
‘Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.’ Psalm 62:2, 6
I find great encouragement that nothing shakes or surprises God. When the world is crashing around me, it has been of great comfort that God is the rock on which I stand. When our strength fails his never does. Regardless of circumstances he is the source of hope and peace; as Psalm 62:1, 5 says: ‘Truly my soul finds rest in God.’ God is above and over all earthly troubles, it is him we should run to. I certainly always regret it when I turn to worldly things in times of trouble (I write more about this in my post: ‘A bad day…verses God encouraged me with).
Bring the raw emotion of how hard long term difficulties are to God:
‘How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down…?’ Psalm 62:3
I can certainly testify to feeling like my trail with illness is never going to end. Days turned into weeks into months into years. It is grinding and really tough and that’s OK. You can come to God with that frustration and hurt; as Matthew 11:28 says: ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’
A song I love on this theme is: ‘Praise You in This Storm’ by Casting Crowns. For many months I wept every time I heard it because life was so hard yet I wanted to choose to praise God even though I didn’t understand what was going on. This song helped me express some of this emotion to God and engage with him in my pain and confusion. Keep a look out for a post on some other worship songs I have found super helpful.
Set your sights on eternity:
‘…though your riches may increase, do not set your heart on them.’ Psalm 62: 10
‘You reward everyone according to what they have done.’ Psalm 62:12
We are called to store up treasures in heaven not on earth (Matthew 6:19-20). We are not going to be rewarded for what possessions or money we gathered on earth but what we did for God, how we loved people. What a challenge!
Psalm 62 shows us that God is steadfast (our rock), strong (our fortress and refuge) and is the only place our soul finds rest.