Psalm 62: The Ground Beneath Us

Read Psalm 62.

A few months ago, I was driving down I-65 in the rain, on my way home from picking up eggs and milk. I wasn’t driving particularly fast. I wasn’t changing lanes, and I didn’t make any sudden moves with the steering wheel. One moment I was in complete control of the car, and the next I could feel the tires beneath me going their own way. I stepped off the gas and tried to steer my way back to safety. If the median hadn’t been there, I think I could have pulled out of it, but as it happened my car bumped into the cement wall. I came to an instant stop.

Thankfully, I wasn’t hurt, at least not physically. If I’m being totally honest, these days I’m nervous whenever I have to drive. There’s something about that out-of-control feeling I just can’t shake. It haunts me whenever I sit in the driver’s seat. Will the pedals and the steering wheel obey my commands or will I find myself fighting helplessly against physics I don’t quite understand?

Human beings were made for the soft turf of Eden, ground that won’t come loose beneath our feet. But out here in the wilderness, where we live now, things can seem out of control. One moment everything is fine, and the next you’re spinning into the median. In Psalm 62, David looks to the Lord for stability. “Truly my soul finds rest in God,” he says (v. 1). God is the “rock,” the steady ground David can cling to. “I will never be shaken,” he tells us (v. 2).

This is David’s refrain in the midst of a tumultuous life. At the close of the psalm, he tells us why. “One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: ‘Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love’; and, ‘You reward everyone according to what they have done’” (vv. 11–12).

When I read the final words of this psalm this morning, my reaction was, That’s it? David is at peace because God will judge everyone “according to what they have done”? That doesn’t make me feel peaceful. It makes me feel nervous. In my mind’s eye, I picture myself standing before the throne of God while all of my sins, failures, and shortcomings are read aloud. I hate knowing there is a heavenly book filled with all my misdeeds and that it’s waiting for me.

But thanks be to God there is another book! According to the book of Revelation, “another book was opened, which is the book of life…. Anyone whose name was not found in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire” (20:12, 15). Jesus is the Author of the book of life, and on its pages He’s written the names of all His friends, all those who love Him and trust Him.

Power and unfailing love are in the hands of God (Psalm 62:11–12). He has the power to set things right, but He pours out His love on those who turn to Him; they will not be washed away with the brokenness of this world. God will make the ground steady beneath the feet of those who love Him.

What is this all about?

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