Psalm 62 has been called “David’s Only Psalm.” And there is a measure of truth in that title. Surely he wrote many other psalms. But the reason why this one is called his “Only Psalm” is the fact that he uses the word “only” so often in it.
The words in our translation of verses 1 and 2 are these, “Truly my soul waiteth upon God; from Him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense: I shall not be greatly moved.” However, that word “truly” can be, and here ought to be, translated as “only.” Then we find him using that word “only” five times in the first six verses of the Psalm.
What David means when he states that his soul waits up-on God is explained in our versification with these words:
My soul in silence waits for God,
My Savior He has proved;
He only is my Rock and Tower:
I never shall be moved.
Notice that we sing, “My soul in silence….” That is what David did write. And waiting upon God is being silent before Him, in the sense that we do not grumble and com¬plain in dissatisfaction at what God has done to us or around us. Indeed, at times we dare to call Him unfair and forgetful. No, not with our lips; but notice that David is speaking about what his soul is doing, not his lips. With his lips David is not silent in praying to and praising God. In this Psalm he is by no means silent as far as God’s praise is concerned. But real trust in God reveals itself in silence as far as faultfinding is concerned.
And surely when we are thinking of our salvation, our trust must be in God alone. He is our salvation, and apart from Him there is no hope, as we lie in the midst of sin and death.
Examine your soul today. Is it silent? Is all its trust in God? Can you silently wait for Him to show you in the day of Christ that all things work together for good to those that love God?
That is golden silence, a silence that pleases God.
Read: Psalm 62
Psalter versification: 161:1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.