In Psalm 62:1, David talks about God as the One for whom he waits. However, later in verse 5, he addresses his soul directly and says, "For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence." He speaks directly to himself and commands his soul to be quiet and wait on the Lord.
Doesn’t that sound familiar? Christian, haven’t you experienced the struggle of knowing you should trust and yet seeing every reason in the world not to? David sets an example for us here as he doesn’t merely listen to his anxieties but engages with them, even speaks to his own soul, educating himself on the character of God.
"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence." In his book on spiritual disciplines, Don Whitney includes the disciplines of silence and solitude as things each Christian should nurture in his or her life. Time for reflection. Not time to check email or listen to music or turn on the TV or do chores, but time to sit in silence, to meditate, to consider the truths of your life and the truth that God is the refuge of your life.
Christian, when was the last time you scheduled time for silence and solitude with God?
"He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken." In this psalm, David's learning how God uses trials and suffering to reveal to us where we find our refuge.
Charles Spurgeon once said, "I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages." He’s saying the things that cause him anxiety and cause him to find his refuge in the Rock—God himself—well, those trials are blessings to him.
Christian, have you learned that lesson? In the midst of suffering, Jesus promises he will never leave you nor forsake you. He will always be present. He will always love you. Preach that to yourself, in good times and bad. The waves may batter. But the Rock stands firm.