God, hope, psalm 62, rest, rock, salvation, soul, stronghold, The Sophia Center for Spirituality, trust in God
I thought there was a misprint on the US Bishops’ website this morning. I was reading Psalm 62 (2-3, 6-7, 9) and I thought the entire first two segments were the same. I didn’t catch at first that the psalmist was speaking first in general of a truth about relationship with God (vs. 2) and secondly to his own soul about the necessity of belief in that truth (vs. 6) with the repetition (vs. 3 & 7) giving emphasis to each. Confused? Read on.
Only in God is my soul at rest; from God comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all. Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from God comes my hope. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
After speaking directly to his soul about the hope that comes from this attitude/practice of resting in God, the psalmist then bursts into song addressed to the whole nation, urging them in the same way: Trust in God at all times, O my people! Pour out your hearts before him; God is our refuge!
May we all find rest and hope in God throughout this day.