There’s probably no better time to dwell with psalms of trust than during Holy Week, as we accompany Jesus on his harrowing journey of the Passion. Could he have said yes to this journey without having built, over his lifetime, trust in God the Father? How often do we expect ourselves to go flawlessly through trials—when we have not tended to our trust? The psalms we use this week are in the category of “trust” psalms. They can help us explore what it means to trust God and our life in God’s company.
As you read Psalm 62, two or three times, try to identify:
- For what did the psalmist trust God? What did the psalmist expect from God?
- In what situation was the psalmist voicing this trust—what was happening around him?
- What one phrase can you repeat to yourself this week, to build your own trust in God’s care and providence?
To the leader: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
3 How long will you assail a person,
will you batter your victim, all of you,
as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4 Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.
5 For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my deliverance and my honour;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
9 Those of low estate are but a breath,
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no confidence in extortion,
and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
according to their work.