Summary: Psalm 62 - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
God Alone Saves Us (vs 1-4).
God Alone Encourages Us (vs 5-8).
God Alone Rewards Us (vs 9-12).
• A man out shopping with his wife ended up in a large department store.
• They had already purchased a piece of luggage and a picnic hamper.
• As he was waiting for his wife to finish the rest of her shopping;
• He dragged the luggage and hamper around with him to the shoe department.
• There a sales assistant asked if he could be of assistance.
• “No, thank you," he replied. “I’m just waiting for my wife."
• At that point, a man behind him said,
• "I’m waiting for my wife, too,
• But I never thought of bringing a lunch and an overnight bag with me."
• TRANSITION: I would probably be correct in saying;
• That most people do not like waiting.
• Even in our modern age of conveniences, waiting is still a big part of life.
• When we think of waiting, what comes to mind?
• We wait three days for a cheque to clear;
• We wait at least two hours when checking in at an airport terminal,
• We wait in a doctor’s waiting room,
• We wait in line at the supermarket,
• We wait stuck in rush hour traffic.
• The facts are, most of us are waiting for something most of the time:
• And if we are honest we do not like waiting!
A key feature of this psalm is to “wait on the Lord.”
• Verse 1&5: The psalmist finds ‘rest’ because he is “waiting on the Lord”.
• And the rewards of ‘waiting’ on God are;
• Verse 1; “Salvation” in the psalms this word often means: “help in distress”.
• And verse 5: “Hope”.
• And verse 8 tells us to wait on him continuously: “Trust in him at all times”.
• That is the secret to knowing his ‘help in distress’ & ‘hope’ for the future.
• Yet, waiting is one of the most difficult pieces of advice in the Bible;
• It runs against human nature.
• Because, as a part of fallen humanity,
• We are so prone to take matters into our own hands, to follow our own schemes.
• Yet, over and over again we are told in Bible “wait on the Lord.”
• There is a pun that says:
• “Wait? That’s what made the bridge collapse!”
• TRANSITION: Of course, that’s weight: W-E-I-G-H-T, not wait: W-A-I-T.
• But then these two words, weight and wait are not always unrelated;
• Because one of our needs in waiting on the Lord;
• Is the need to cast the weighty (heavy) burdens of life on Him.
• A missionary was driving his pick-up truck along a long, dry, dirt track.
• As he drove down the road he noticed an old man walking down road;
• This old man was weighed down by a huge back pack full of crops to sell at the market.
• The missionary pulled up in a pickup truck and pointed to the man with the heavy load;
• To jump on the back.
• The man raised a hand in appreciation and climbed on board.
• As the missionary drove away he looked in his rear view mirror to check the man was ok;
• To his surprise the man was sitting on the back of the truck;
• But had not unhitched his heavy load;
• So despite the perfect opportunity to find rest and relief he was still carrying his burden.
• TRANSITION: Too many of us carry around burdens that we can actually cast off;
• But for that to happen we need to ‘wait on the Lord’.
• Those people who learn to wait on the Lord’;
• Will experience his ‘help in distress’ & ‘hope’ for the future,
• The main theme of the psalm is the right and wrong objects of faith.
• If we trust in God, we’re secure – he is ‘a rock’ ‘a fortress’.
• If we trust in men or in things,
• We are in deep trouble because we are depending on that which is lighter than breath.
• (verse 9).
• The psalm falls into three stanzas;
• Verses 1-4, verses 5-8 and verses 9-12.
• The first two stanzas end with “Selah.”
• Asking the reader to ‘stop and reflect’.
(1). God Alone Saves Us (vs 1-4).
“Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.
3 How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down –