Psalm 62: In God Alone
A strong song of confidence and trust.
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In God alone is my soul at rest
Be at rest, my soul
Starting the text is a note to the music leader directing him or her to present the Psalm with Jeduthun in mind. This term appears in two other Psalms (39 and 77) and may refer to one of David's central musicians, a group of musicians, the name of a known tune, or a style of musical presentation.
"A Psalm of David" does not necessarily mean David penned the Psalm himself. More likely it was written by another who had David in mind as inspiation, creating a prayer-song reflecting on David's life or making a dedication.
St. Augustine was a fan of 62. His prayer in Confessions: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
Selah is likely a musical term calling for an intentional pause. Think of it as an instrumental break ("Take a solo, Slowhand") where musicians and listeners reflect on the lyrics before continuing with singing.
Verses 1-2 and verses 5-6 are nearly idenitical. Kind of like a refrain of a song.
Verse 11 holds a poetic device intended to make a special point. "G-d said it once, I heard it twice" generally means to pay attention and put the idea that follows in the spotlight. In this case, the verse that follows is the only direct address to God.
Get your Hebrew on. The word translated in the final verse as "steadfast love" or "faithfulness" is from the Hebrew hesed (hess-ed). It means unfailing, covenant love or grace. Rabbi Segal notices the poetic and theological tension with the verse that follows.
Psalm 62 Immersion
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Pic by John Nyberg
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Everything is Waiting for You
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
from Everything is Waiting for You
©2003 Many Rivers Press
Pic by Byron Culbertson, WalkAboutArt.com
A Psalmist's blessing
May you rest
The Holy One
of which you are a part
holds you and all
May you wait,
open to all the gifts
coming your way.
Richard Bruxvoort Colligan
Pic by Christine Valters Paintner
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