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With New Testament Eyes: 59 - My Rock and my Salvation

By Henry Mahan


      Psalm 62

      If (by the grace of God) I can learn a two-fold lesson, my attitude will so totally change that I can never be the same again. That lesson is found in verse one of this Psalm--'My soul waiteth upon God' and 'From him cometh my salvation.'

      1. What do I do? I wait as a disciple on my Lord's command. I wait as a bondslave at my master's feet. I wait as clay, submissive and surrendered in the potter's hand (Rom. 9:20-23).

      2. On whom do I wait? I wait on the sovereign, allwise Lord, who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will (Eph. 1:9-12), on my heavenly Father, who loves me and works all things together for my good (Rom. 8:28).

      3. How do I wait? I wait 'truly,' or sincerely and silently. I wait only upon him. Note the repeated use of the word 'only' in Verses 2, 5, and 6.

      4. What are the results of my seeking, looking, and waiting upon God? 'From him cometh my salvation' from the law's curse, from the judgment of sin, from the sting of death, and from all condemnation (Rom. 8:1).

      vv. 2 and 6. 'He only is my rock and my salvation.' This is the sum and substance of the Bible. I can find in the scripture no other doctrine than 'salvation is of the Lord.' The 'salvation of the righteous is of the Lord' (Jonah 2:9; Psalm 3:8; Psalm 37:39; 2 Thess. 2:13). Moses exhorted the people to 'stand still (wait) and see the salvation of the Lord.' It pleased the Lord to make us his people (1 Sam. 12:22); it pleased the Lord to bruise Christ in our stead (Isa. 53:10); it pleased the Lord to reveal Christ in us (Gal. 1:15); it pleased the Lord by the gospel to save those who believe (1 Cor. 1:21). He only is our rock and refuge! That, rock (typically and literally) is Christ (1 Cor. 10:4; Isa. 28:16). Christ is our defense against all charges and condemnation (Rom. 8:33-34), for he of God is made unto us all we need (1 Cor. 1:30).

      'I shall not be greatly moved;' moved maybe, but not removed! We are like anchored ships that often swing with the tides and winds but are never swept away because we are anchored on the rock, Christ Jesus (Heb. 6:19-20).

      vv. 3-4. The believer is never without enemies (Eph. 6:11-13; 1 Peter 5:8-9) . It will be well to remember this. But, like David, it is best to begin with God, our rock and defense, and then to confront the enemy. Make sure of your relationship with the Lord before dealing with the enemy. These enemies are real, but they are defeated and marked for destruction, as a bowing wall and a tottering fence which shall collapse in due time.

      What is the goal of the enemy? To bring the believer down from his excellency, which is his standing in Christ--his love for, dependence upon, and total rest in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:3-6; Eph. 2:4-9). This is the error of Rome, the error of Arminianism, and the error of the modern cults, to mix works with grace, man's merit with the perfect righteousness of Christ, and to preach salvation conditional on the will and works of man rather than on the will and work of our Lord (John 1:12-13; Rom. 9:15- 16; Titus 3:5-6).

      What are the weapons of the enemy? 'They delight in lies.' They say, 'God has done all that he can do and now it is up to you. Take the first step and God will meet you. God helps those who help themselves.' Flattery and sentiment fall from their lips.

      They pretend to bless, while they totally destroy a man's hope for life. They cry, 'Peace, peace, when there is no peace.'

      vv. 5-8. Amid all these trials, conflicts, and attacks from the enemies of his soul, the Psalmist returns to his original hope as the dove returned to the ark. 'My soul, wait thou only upon God.' The battle is his, and he only can justify me. 'My expectation is from him.' In him dwelleth all fullness and all blessings; he will exalt me in due time (Psalm 27:14). 'He only is my rock and my salvation.' My righteousnesses are filthy rags (Isa. 64:6). 'He only is my defense.' 'If God be for me, WHO can be against me?' (Rom. 8:31-32). What does it matter who is against me? I am complete in him. 'Trust in him at all times.' In times of prosperity or poverty I know how to abound and to be abased (Phil. 4:12-13). In times of fellowship or loneliness he will never leave me. In times of health, sickness, or death he is my refuge. 'I will pour out [my] heart before him.' His heart is set upon us; let us set our hearts on him. Turn your vessel upside down and let your inmost desires, thoughts, sorrows, and joys be poured out like water before the Lord. Hide nothing from him, because nothing can be hid from him. We will learn to pray when we learn to be open and honest before our Lord.

      v. 9. Men of low degree and men of high degree are alike; they are all vanity and lies! The masses and majority are not to be trusted nor followed. The elite, educated, and intelligent only promise what they cannot produce and condemn what they do not understand. Wretched is the man who puts his trust in either the multitude or the leaders. They are all lighter than vanity.

      Have no confidence in the flesh (Phil. 3:3).

      v. 10. Trust not in oppression, poverty, nor persecution. A man is not a child of God because he is poor and in need, nor is he a Christian because he has to work hard and eke out a living for his family the hard way. If your riches increase and life becomes easy, don't mistake this prosperity for the favor of God; it may be Satan's way of putting you at ease. Set not your heart upon worldly gain, for many evils are there--idolatry, covetousness, forgetfulness of God, and neglect of worship (Jer. 9:23-24).

      vv. 11-12. God needs to speak but once; but I have heard this twice (with my ear and with my heart, in the letter and in the spirit) that power, salvation, and spiritual blessings come only from God in Christ. Also unto our God belongs mercy (Psalm 130:7), and he will render to every man what that man deserves. Those out of Christ shall be judged according to their works. Those in Christ shall be judged according to his works, which are theirs by imputation (Rom. 4:21-25).

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See Also:
   Foreward & Acknowledgements
   1 - The Fall
   2 - Abel's Offering
   3 - The Ark Of Noah
   4 - Sarah and Hagar; Law and Grace
   5 - The Lord Will Provide
   6 - A Bride for the Heir
   7 - Bethel - The House of God
   8 - Peniel - The Face of God
   9 - Joseph Opens the Storehouses
   10 - Joseph and His Brothers
   11 - Shiloh
   12 - The Passover
   13 - The Manna
   14 - Water from the rock
   15 - The Blood Before the Lord
   16 - The Ram of Consecration
   17 - The Day of Atonement
   18 - Caleb - The Faithful Dog
   19 - The High Priest Intercedes
   20 - The Brazen Serpent
   21 - A Prophet Like Moses
   22 - The Cities of Refuge
   23 - Joshua
   24 - The Scarlet Line in the Window
   25 - The birth of Samson
   26 - The Kinsman Redeemer
   27 - The Song of Hannah
   28 - Give us a King
   29 - Saul's Great Sin
   30 - David and Mephibosheth
   31 - Why God Permitted David to Fall
   32 - Comfort from God's Covenant
   33 - I Will Not Offer to God that which Cost me Nothing
   34 - The Queen of Sheba Comes to Solomon
   35 - Three Examples of Faith
   36 - Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
   37 - Empty Vessels Filled
   38 - Naaman, the Leper
   39 - Open his Eyes that He may See
   40 - Four Lepers Teach us a Lesson
   41 - Nehushtan--A Piece of Brass
   42 - Bringing Back the Ark
   43 - Uzziah's Great Transgression
   44 - Four Things Learned in Trouble
   45 - How Can Man be Just With God?
   46 - Three Vital Questions
   47 - I Know that my Redeemer Liveth
   48 - Now Mine Eye Seeth Thee
   49 - The Psalm of Messiah the King
   50 - God's two great books
   51 - The Psalm of the Cross
   52 - The Lord is my Shepherd
   53 - True God - True Israel - True Redeemer
   54 - Eight Great Precepts
   55 - My Hope is in Thee
   56 - Many, O Lord, Are Thy Wonderful Works
   57 - A Song of Love
   58 - The Sinner's Prayer
   59 - My Rock and my Salvation
   60 - Our Lord's Sufferings for Our Sins
   61 - Mercy and Truth are Met Together
   62 - The Victory of the Messiah
   63 - Bless the Lord, O my Soul
   64 - Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So
   65 - The King-Priest
   66 - The Chief Cornerstone
   67 - The Observer and the Observed
   68 - Praise the Lord O my Soul
   69 - Wisdom in Christ
   70 - The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
   71 - Remember Now Thy Creator
   72 - My Beloved is Mine and I am His
   73 - What is Thy Beloved more than Another Beloved?
   74 - The Lord Our Righteousness
   75 - The Believers Hope
   76 - From Nothing to Everything
   77 - Lost, Driven Away, Broken, Sick
   78 - Can These Bones Live?
   79 - Four Things God Taught Nebuchadnezzar
   80 - Thy God Will Deliver Thee
   81 - Hosea--Type of Christ
   82 - A Famine to be Feared
   83 - Salvation is of the Lord
   84 - A Fountain Opened for Mourners
   85 - The Messenger of the Covenant

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