“My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.” -Ps. 62.1-2
The believing soul finds its truest and deepest solace in a single-eyed view of the throne of Majesty. Men may break their backs in grand pursuits, the nations may rage against God’s elect, but the true saint will have his sights fixed on the Lord. His “soul waits in silence for God only…” Hans Joachim Kraus puts v. 1 in this way: “Toward Yahweh alone is my soul at peace; from him help comes to me.”
The nature of life this age is reckless, chaotic, and mechanical. It lacks the organic character of God’s kingdom, which is ever brimming and bursting with “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” This world system militates against the “simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ,” and we need to follow in the train of the ancient singer, who waited for God only, and thus could not be greatly shaken.
Dear saint, is there an “only” in your waiting upon God? Surely the powers of darkness have been masterful in the way of distracting the Church and pulling her away from this Davidic condition. We would wait on God for the fulfillment of our ideals and plans; we would wait upon Him as a display of religious propriety. But David had an “only” in his waiting. He had been stripped of any semblance of confidence in the flesh, even confidence in royal flesh. He was not waiting for a new and coveted title. He was not chasing feverishly after greater recognition from men. He was not leaning upon any crutch, whether crafted of brittle timber or the finest of golds. For the psalmist, whose eyes had been blinded to the world and whose lips had been touched with the fire from the altar, every crutch to lean upon in this age was made from dust, and could not sustain his faith. He refused any longer to lean upon them.
“My soul waits in silence for God only…”
There is something to be said for the depth of the psalmist’s waiting. It is not merely a case of carving out a few moments for a devotional time. His “soul” is waiting upon God. In this Hebraic expression the entire man is seen as being laid out before the throne of Grace. The crutches have been kicked out. The inward reservations and temporal dependencies have diminished. His “soul waits in silence for God only.” He has been brought to the holy ground of faith, and the planting of his feet there, though he is yet in a posture of waiting, is for the psalmist the very experience of salvation itself. The superfluities, verbosities and rituals have been burned up in the heat of that singular fixation upon the God of his salvation. He “soul” waits. This is the bedrock of prayer; the foundation of a true obedience.
There is yet something glorious to note with regard to the nature of the psalmist’s prayer. His soul “waits in silence.” When at once we have come to the place where our musings, anxieties, ambitions, and even our own heady prayers have withered in the light of His countenance, then it is that we have joined David in the character of authentic faith. It is one thing to sit silently. It is a gift of God for the soul to wait “in silence for God only.” That is a priestly inheritance; the state of sonship. To be so engaged in grace that the soul itself is silenced before the God of glory, having nothing to prove, nothing to earn, nothing to establish, nothing to accomplish. You have passed through the outer courts and the company of men, and by God’s goodness, settled before His throne with an eye for nothing less than the King of Israel Himself. It is that place to which Mary of Bethany came.
You cannot come to this place so long as you cling to a man-centered faith. But when you pass from a humanistic kind of waiting to this place of priestly abandonment, which is the essence of Jesus’ Son-to-Father prayers in the Gospels, then it is that you behold the Lord as your “rock” and “salvation,” and then it is that you “shall not be greatly shaken.”
We are tossed to-and-fro by the opinions of men, by self-absorbed introspection, and by the powers of the air only because we have not been found in this Davidic place. We needn’t be affected by the strangehold of self-consciousness, for the Gospel of grace delivers us from man-centered distortions, and brings us to the ground of the eternal Kingdom, wherein dwelleth righteousness, sabbath rest, and sanity. To seek after glory from men is to live in a perpetual state of deception, but to wait in silence for God only, that is liberty to the uttermost.
“Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than breath.” (V. 9)
The psalmist was deeply cognizant- through great weakness- of the truth that “power belongs to God,” that “lovingkindness” is the Lord’s, and that He recompenses “a man according to his work.” He was set in the place of waiting, where God Himself is known as the “stronghold” of the faith. We do well to follow his simplistic pattern; to forsake all seeing after the flesh; to flee from the plague of seeking glory from men; to believe and wait upon God only. This is the essential characteristic of Gospel experience, the peace of quiet confidence in the righteousness of God. This is the “life” that is “the light of men.” This is the reality that will come to Israel at the Day of the Lord, when the Millennial Era has its resplendent commencement. This is the truth that must be taken “to the Jew and to the Gentile” in this age; to every kindred, tribe, and tongue, until the glorious Day of His appearing.
Go into the inner-room then, dear saint. Kick out the crutches. Shed your human introspections. Cease forever this panting after approval from men. Find your Rock and Salvation in the place of waiting upon God only.
“Little children, flee from idols.” −1 Jn. 5.21
“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” -Jn. 15.11