“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” Psalms 62:5-6

So many saviors with so many messages clang aloud, crying for our attention. These pretend or would-be saviors make empty promises. If they weren’t so tempting, they would be harmless. However, they strike at the heart of our need for comfort, assurance, and significance. Therefore, it is imperative to proactively press into or run to our true Savior. It is imperative to wait on God alone.

All of Scripture is important. Paul told Timothy that all of God’s words were profitable.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable…” 2 Timothy 3:16

So, let’s excerpt a few phrases from this simple passage in Psalm 62:5-6. Here are a few vital thoughts pouring forth from these life-giving words:

1. For God alone: All other would-be saviors should be ignored. It is God alone who is to be trusted fully. Discernment and steadfastness are required on our part. We are to resolutely embrace our God and our God alone.

“Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest. Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.” Frances R. Havergal, “Like a River Glorious”

2. Wait in silence: We must avoid trying to save ourselves. We must resist activity seeking to pave our own way forward. We need to reject any temptation to fall for or chase after empty saviors. Instead, we wait in silence. We wait in patient tenacity.

“Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand…not a surge of worry, not a shade of care, not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.” Frances R. Havergal, “Like a River Glorious”

3. Hope is from him: Hope is sought from many sources, but true hope is from God. There are messengers in many quarters shouting different messages with the flavor of the day. However, hope is from God alone. Be careful to whom you listen. Hope is available in him if we are silent and patiently waiting.

“Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace over all victorious, in its bright increase…” Frances R. Havergal, “Like a River Glorious”

4. He only is my rock: There are numerous promises made to us in this world. None has as strong a foundation as the promise made by our Rock. I love the word “only” in this passage. “He is my rock” should be enough for us. But, he adds the word “only” because you and I need to be reminded.

“We may trust Him fully, all for us to do…” Frances R. Havergal, “Like a River Glorious”

5. I shall not be shaken: In shaky times, it’s a powerful reminder that if we build our house on the rock—the only rock—of his foundation, we will not be shaken. We are on sturdy ground even in pain, suffering, and loss.

“Every joy or trial falleth from above…they who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.” Frances R. Havergal, “Like a River Glorious”

During loss, everyone presses into something or someone. Would-be saviors make empty promises. However, our God is worthy of our silent waiting because hope is in him. He is our only rock, salvation, and fortress. We will not be shaken.

“On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:7-8

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

8 Comments

  1. Beth Powitz

    Like A River Glorious is one of my favorite hymns! Thanks for your words.

    • D. Ray Davis

      Yes, I love this hymn! Thanks, Beth!

    • D. Ray Davis

      Thank you, April!

    • D. Ray Davis

      Thank you, Annette!

  2. Anonymous

    “During loss, everyone presses into something or someone. Would-be saviors make empty promises. However, our God is worthy of our silent waiting because hope is in him. He is our only rock, salvation, and fortress. “
    YES!!
    Initially, after my husband’s death, I pressed into work, I pressed into voraciously reading anything for comfort, never letting my mind and soul just be, just rest… none of which were bad things…but God put before me a tiny little verse, but oh so profound…. “Stand still, and I will fight for you.”
    Indeed, standing still physically, emotionally and mentally, allowed me to see my true salvation, my rock, through the grief process… just stand still, silent, waiting on His perfect peace.
    Thank you D Ray!
    Kathi B

    • D. Ray Davis

      Thank you, Kathi B.

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