In Psalm 62:1-2, David wrote:
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
Could I encourage you to think deeply about Psalm 62:1 this week? This would be a great verse to memorize today. Write it on some Post-It notes and stick them in strategic places where you’re sure to see them. Recite this verse off-and-on throughout the week. Use it as fuel for your prayers.
For God alone my soul waits in silence…
“For God alone.” Remember this week that “in him (you) live and move and have (your) being” (Acts 17:28). He created you. He is sustaining you. He upholds your universe by the word of his power (Heb 1:3). Heaven is his throne and the earth is his footstool (Isa 66:1). As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are his ways higher than your ways and his thoughts than your thoughts (Isa 55:9). And yet, he desires a close, personal relationship with you. He continues to invite you to taste and see that he is good (Psa 34:8). He is worthy of your worship today and your faithful service this week. “For God alone.” He’s in a class all by himself.
“My soul.” You are more than a body. There is a very real part of you created in God’s own image. If he wills, this week will be full of responsibilities and opportunities—work, school, chores, projects, progress—but right now is a good moment to resolve that in the midst of the busyness, you won’t neglect your soul. The day will come when the dust returns to the earth as it was, and your spirit will return to the God who gave it (Eccl 12:7). The fool wastes his or her life by focusing on the vanities of the temporary. How terrible it would be to hear from God when my time on earth is done, “You fool! This very night your soul is required of you. And now, all of those toys and trinkets you devoted so much time to, whose will they be?” So is the one who builds his life on the sand, laying up treasure for himself, all while neglecting his one and only soul.
“Waits in silence.” You live in a noisy world. You’re starting a new week that will likely be filled with dings, chimes, rings, and all sorts of racket. Let’s allow our worship today to set a tone for the week. Take a little bit of time—quiet time—each day to commune with your Father in heaven “who sees in secret” (Matt 6:6). Pray to him. Meet him in his word. Sing his praises. Express your gratitude. Meditate on his testimonies. Ask for wisdom. Seek his face. Such quiet time could require unplugging, turning off, maybe even some purging. But isn’t your soul worth it? Isn’t your Father worthy?
“For God alone my soul waits in silence.” Don’t waste your week. Lean on Psalm 62:1 and you will not be greatly shaken.