Psalm 62: The “Nevertheless” Christian Faith

The powers of Satan, sin and Death love to find cracks in a Christian’s faith and then exploit it. Satan wants to shake up our equilibrium with Jesus. To be sure, we live in a fallen world. There are realities in this life that shake faith; financial (wealthy & poverty), health (good & bad), self-sufficiency, and even people who might be against us. King David had all sorts of issues going against him including people who tried to upend his power. There were hypocritical people from within his circles who would say one thing to his face but work against him behind his back.

1. What are some things that can shake your faith and trust in God?

The Bible does not deny the realities that exist in this fallen world. However, God wants us to know that He has a different reality that goes beyond these realities. There’s an untranslated Hebrew word that runs throughout this Psalm; ʾaḵ. It means ‘nevertheless’.

Psa. 62:1 [Nevertheless] For God alone my soul waits in silence;

from him comes my salvation.

2 [Nevertheless] He alone is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

4 [Nevertheless] They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.

They take pleasure in falsehood.

They bless with their mouths,

but inwardly they curse. Selah

Psa. 62:5 [Nevertheless] For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,

for my hope is from him.

6 [Nevertheless] He only is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

Psa. 62:9 [Nevertheless] Those of low estate are but a breath;

those of high estate are a delusion;

in the balances they go up;

they are together lighter than a breath.

2. Earthly problems and issues are described as ‘breath’ (vapor in Hebrew). In contrast, God is the Rock. God in Jesus has already taken care of your eternal life on the rock of Calvary and the empty rock of the Easter tomb. The Christian faith waits in silence, or quiet expectation, for God’s help in our daily realities here on earth. Why should this quiet expectation be a comfort and confidence in the Christian’s life?

3. The Rock, Jesus, brings His reality to you in His real body and blood-what the Christian Church calls the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. He strengthens your faith with His reality as we face the other realities in this world. How does Jesus use this ‘nevertheless’ trust in God to help you through any problems or issues you might be facing today? (Read Matthew 6:25-30)