Psalms 62:1


Psalms 62:1 says, “To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalms of David. Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation.”

          The Bible talks a lot about salvation. And the book of Psalms is no exception. Where does salvation come from? Does it come from your own works? NO. It comes from God. Galatians 4:4-5 says, “But when the fullness of times was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

          Out of eternity Jesus came casting off His garments of eternal glory and humbling Himself, being made in the likeness of sinful flesh. He walked the earth for 33 years fulfilling the law and living a life without sin. Then He suffered and died a cruel, violent death on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world. He was buried and rose again triumphantly the third day defeating death.

          Where does my salvation come from? It comes from Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God.

          Here in verse 1 of Psalms chapter 62 waiting is mentioned in connection with salvation, “my soul waiteth upon God.”

When a person is saved from their sins they are saved immediately. It happens instantaneously. One way we know this is through the teachings of Jesus. Luke 5:22-25, “But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.”

          So we know that Jesus said, “that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins” He healed the sick of the palsy. And so we know that Jesus healing someone physically is symbolic of the spiritual cleansing from sin that occurs at salvation. Notice then that when the man was healed, he immediately rose up.

          Salvation is instantaneous, immediate. However the things that God promises to do for those that are saved are not all immediate things. For example, one day we will receive a glorified body untainted by sin, an incorruptible body which shines as bright as the stars of heaven. When we are saved we do not receive this body immediately. It is something that we are waiting on the Lord for. “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation.”

          Waiting on God is a big part of the Christian life. Waiting takes patience. Patience takes experience. One thing is true: human beings are not very patient. You will find out how impatient people are, especially in today’s age where every thing is fast and to and fro upon the earth, just by standing in line at the grocery story. Go to the grocery store and find a long line that takes a 30 minute wait and find out how impatient you and other people really are.

Humans are not good at waiting. The reason is because they are self willed. When a person wants something they want it and they want it now. If you are going to follow Jesus you are going to have to learn how to wait. You may be in a hurry but God is not in a hurry. Second Peter 3:8,
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

          “My soul waiteth upon God.” Waiting on God does not mean that you shouldn’t actively serve Him today or that you shouldn’t do the practical things of life such as go to work or brush your teeth. Waiting does not mean procrastination. Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today. But you certainly need to learn to wait on the LORD if you are going to endure the persecutions and trials that come your way and keep a steadfast hope in God’s promises, looking forward to the day that Jesus returns.

          The Bible goes on to say in Psalms 62:2, “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.”

          In this verse we are taught several more important details about salvation. Jesus is called: my rock, my salvation, and my defense. Many times in the Bible the word rock is used in reference to Jesus Christ, especially in the book of Psalms. Here in Psalms 62 rock is used three times. A rock is something that is hard, strong, solid, and enduring.

          The fact that Jesus is a rock speaks to many truths: it speaks to the fact that we cannot lose our salvation, it speaks to the fact that God keeps His promises, and it speaks to the fact that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The fact that Jesus is a rock is also an illustration to us of eternal security. Psalms 95:1 says, “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”

          Jesus is called, “my salvation.” There are many, many verses in the Bible which teach that salvation is not of works but that it is the gift of God through Jesus Christ. These verses can be found both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Psalms 62:2 is one of them. This verse does not say: I am my salvation, or my works are my salvation. This verse clearly says, “He is my salvation.”

          It is very important to understand that salvation comes from God. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Romans 3:23-24 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Titus 3:4-7 says, “But after the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

          By grace are ye saved through faith, being justified freely by His grace, not by works of righteousness which we have done. God is my salvation. And there are many, many more verses in the Bible which help us to understand that salvation is not by works but by grace alone.

          The third phrase given in Psalms 62 says, “He is my defense.” This phrase also teaches us something important about salvation. First Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Life is a spiritual warfare and there are many dangers and temptations, many arrows of false teaching that will be shot at you to lead you astray into sin. And sin destroys and brings suffering and death.

          But a person who has repented of their sins and turned to Jesus for salvation has become a child of God, a joint heir with Christ. Therefore God has given him or her His undivided attention. Because God is a jealous God and loves you very much, you can be certain that He will defend you against the attacks of the devil. One of the most important ways that God will defend you is by guiding and keeping you in the truth. John 16:13, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.”

          When the Bible says, “He is my defense,” it is also speaking of eternal security. First John 2:1-2, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” Jesus is my defense. Therefore on the day of judgment when I stand before God to be judged, Jesus will be there to defend me with His blood and to declare me righteous because of His death on the cross for my sins. Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” He is my defense.

          Psalms 62:3-4 says, “How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? Ye shall be slain all of you: a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.”

          The Bible is very clear about how to be saved from our sins. There are many, many verses both in the Old Testament and the New Testament that explain salvation. What is it then that goes on in the mind and the heart of a person who does not believe in the truth of the gospel? Psalms 62:3-4 gives us 3 detailed phrases to help us understand this: “imagine mischief against a man,” “consult to cast him down from his excellency,” “delight in lies.”

          It may be true that some hearts are more hardened against the truth than others but there certainly is a process, a path which they all follow down. Romans 1:21 says, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

          Even though man is born with a sin nature, a little child when it is born is not born an atheist or an evolutionist or a Buddhist. Little children are meek and humble and easily influenced by what they hear. Despite this fact and despite the fact that most children in the world are bombarded with the lies of evolution or false religion they still are responsible to make their own choice with the free will God has given them. Perhaps the key phrase to explain what happens to them is in Psalms 62:4 which says, they “delight in lies.” They willingly and knowingly choose the evil rather than the good. They enjoy, they find pleasure in lies rather than truth. Because of some sinful lust that they desire to follow after in life they choose to believe lies rather than truth. And so when they hear those lies, their minds latch onto them and they believe them.

          This certainly explains why some people just refuse to believe the truth, no matter how obvious the truth is, no matter how much truth they are given. They prefer lies to truth. They delight in lies. A person like this probably cannot be reasoned with, or debated with in a rational way. Their best hope is to be brought to a point in life where they have nowhere to turn for hope except to Jesus Christ. And even then because of the hardness of their hearts they might still refuse to repent of their sins.

          Psalms 62:3 says, “How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? Ye shall be slain all of you.”

          These verses make it very clear that God judges sin. Everyone dies. But sometimes a person dies much sooner than they would have because God, who is the judge of the whole earth, cuts them off from the land of the living. This can happen both to believers and non believers. Life is a gift from God, an opportunity. If you are not going to use that opportunity to serve God but instead to do evil, God may very well kill you. He has the right to do so. He is all powerful. He created life. He gives and takes life.

          Psalms 62:5-6 says, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be moved.”

          These verses are repeating what was said in verses 1 and 2 to reemphasize these truths. With so many lies in the world and false teachings and with so many that delight in lies rather than in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ it would be wise to keep fresh in the mind and in the heart the true teachings of salvation by grace through faith in Christ.

          One you have begun following Jesus Christ the important thing is to keep following Him to, “not be moved.” If you understand the love of God and how it works and thus understand your own salvation and that eternal life is indeed eternal and that you cannot give up or lose your own salvation, then you will have a strong foundation.

          Without such a confidence you will be easily led astray either by your own failures, or by the lies of the world. Ephesians 4:14 says, That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”

          Remember there are many humans out there who delight in lies. They want to deceive you. They want to see you go the wrong way in life. They lie in wait to deceive. They are very cunning in their explanations and in their doctrines and in their questions that they ask. The things they say may even sound good, and certainly appeal to the flesh. But their goal is to deceive you, to lead you astray into sin. Their goal is to destroy your confidence in the promises of God and in the eternal love of God which is found through the blood of Jesus Christ. Do not let yourself be deceived or led astray. Just remember that Jesus is your rock and your salvation and your defense.

          Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

          If you have never turned from your sins to Jesus you can do so today. You can stop delighting in lies and delight instead in the truth.


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