Psalms 62

* David's confidence in God. (1-7) No trust to be put in worldly

things. (8-12)1-7 We are in the way both of duty and comfort, when our souls

wait upon God; when we cheerfully give up ourselves, and all our

affairs, to his will and wisdom; when we leave ourselves to all

the ways of his providence, and patiently expect the event, with

full satisfaction in his goodness. See the ground and reason of

this dependence. By his grace he has supported me, and by his

providence delivered me. He only can be my Rock and my

salvation; creatures are nothing without him, therefore I will

look above them to him. Trusting in God, the heart is fixed. If

God be for us, we need not fear what man can do against us.

David having put his confidence in God, foresees the overthrow

of his enemies. We have found it good to wait upon the Lord, and

should charge our souls to have such constant dependence upon

him, as may make us always easy. If God will save my soul, I may

well leave every thing else to his disposal, knowing all shall

turn to my salvation. And as David's faith in God advances to an

unshaken stedfastness, so his joy in God improves into a holy

triumph. Meditation and prayer are blessed means of

strengthening faith and hope.
8-12 Those who have found the comfort of the ways of God

themselves, will invite others into those ways; we shall never

have the less for others sharing with us. the good counsel given

is, to trust wholly in God. We must so trust in him at all

times, as not at any time to put that trust in ourselves, or in

any creature, which is to be put in him only. Trust in him to

guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply

us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work.

We must lay out wants and our wishes before him, and then

patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our

hearts. God is a refuge for all, even for as many as will take

shelter in him. The psalmist warns against trusting in men. The

multitude, those of low degree, are changeable as the wind. The

rich and noble seem to have much in their power, and lavish

promises; but those that depend on them, are disappointed.

Weighed in the balance of Scripture, all that man can do to make

us happy is lighter than vanity itself. It is hard to have

riches, and not to trust in them if they increase, though by

lawful and honest means; but we must take heed, lest we set our

affections unduly upon them. A smiling world is the most likely

to draw the heart from God, on whom alone it should be set. The

consistent believer receives all from God as a trust; and he

seeks to use it to his glory, as a steward who must render an

account. God hath spoken as it were once for all, that power

belongs to him alone. He can punish and destroy. Mercy also

belongs to him; and his recompensing the imperfect services of

those that believe in him, blotting out their transgressions for

the Redeemer's sake, is a proof of abundant mercy, and

encourages us to trust in him. Let us trust in his mercy and

grace, and abound in his work, expecting mercies from him alone
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