Only God

Only God can save me, and I calmly wait for him.
2 God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe
and the fortress where I am secure.

3 I feel like a shaky fence or a sagging wall.
How long will all of you attack and assault me?
4 You want to bring me down from my place of honor.
You love to tell lies, and when your words are kind,
hatred hides in your heart.

5 Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him.
6 God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe,
and he is the fortress where I feel secure.
7 God saves me and honors me.
He is that mighty rock where I find safety.

8 Trust God, my friends, and always tell him each one of your concerns.
God is our place of safety.

9 We humans are only a breath; none of us are truly great.
All of us together weigh less than a puff of air.
10 Don’t trust in violence or depend on dishonesty or rely on great wealth.

11 I heard God say two things:
“I am powerful, 12 and I am very kind.”
The Lord rewards each of us according to what we do.      Psalm 62 (CEV)

The NIV and some other translations may flow better than this version but sometimes I just need to really hear and read the words in my heart and head. If you go to Biblegateway.com, you can choose 3-4 translations or paraphrase versions and it can be a real blessing to read a passage like that.

This is a psalm of encouragement and truth.

I feel like a shaky fence or a sagging wall. Oh, how often this can describe me! See, I am a wall. I want to hold the line to what is true and right in my life but how often is that a facade? The world batters at the walls. I get distracted by the busy-ness of my life and neglect to “tend” to needed maintenance. It is Jesus who is my sure foundation. It is His Spirit that is the mortar which holds His promises and truths in the place of refuge He has given me.

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him. Who of us does not look for inward peace that does not depend on our circumstances? I remember when I was in college, transcendental meditation was all the rage. One of my dorm mates was all into it with incense and Eastern music. (Well, she said it was music!) So of course I had to try it with Exam Week coming down around me. I could not last ten minutes of sitting on the floor with my legs crossed like a pretzel and chanting some words which made no sense. I was kicked out of the room for being disruptive. Apparently laughter is not helpful in finding inner peace!

Almost 25 years later, I accepted the real One, the only One who gave me the peace I sought. He didn’t require chanting. I just pull up a chair or lay my head down in His quiet place and with Him, there is peace.

Trust God, my friends, He is very powerful and very kind. And here is the whole truth of God. He is powerful. He is the Creator of all, including me. He speaks and life is there. He has no beginning and no end. I am His child. I needed a savior so I could live with Him. I could not save myself. I could not be “good enough” and so He gave me eternal life by providing the perfect sacrifice – Himself in the flesh. And then He gave more as He taught me and showed me how to live. God is kind.

Only God. So much in my life is traced back to – only God. I am humbled. I am eternally grateful.

In the Secret written & sung by Andy Park

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