One of the clearest signs of trust in God is to wait on him: to refrain from any action in a certain manner and wait for God to intervene and resolve the matter on our behalf. Why and how would we do it?
Psalm 62:1-12 – A Psalm of David
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
3 How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? 4 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.
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
9 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. 10 Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.
Let’s study this Psalm today by asking the interrogative questions:
- What does David wait on God for? (verses 1-2)
- In what situation(s) does David suggest we wait on God? (verses 3-4; can you seen three motives?)
- What is the difference between verses 1 and 5? What do we learn about waiting on God from this apparent repetition?
- How does David wait on God (verse 8)?
- In waiting on God, what does David not trust in? (verses 9-10)
- Why does David trust God? (three reasons in verses 11-12)
- What assurance does David have that he can trust God? (verses 11-12; hint: it happened twice…)
Personal Reflection and Application
To wait on God means to trust and wait for God to act on our behalf. David waited on God because He alone can save David (v1-2) from the overwhelming odds, the false accusations and the hypocrisy and betrayal (v3-4). David’s waiting involved showing trust by refraining from own intervention and pouring out his heart to God (v5, 8). He would not trust in people or money (v9-10), and trusted in God’s promise that He is powerful, loving and just in judgment (v11-12).
Is there a troubling situation that is either overwhelming or beyond your control? Let’s pray like David about it:
- Confess your trust in God regarding this situation (v1-2).
- Declare the situation to God (v3-4).
- Resign your effort and intents to solve the situation yourself (v5-7).
- Pour out our heart to God (v8).
- Give up trust on external (v9-10).
- Declare your trust in God’s power, faithful love and justice (v11-12).
- Now WAIT ON GOD FOR AN ASNWER, A WORD OF ASSURANCE as David did (v11-12). Write it down and tell a close friend about it.