“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken” (Psalm 62:1,2 ESV).
God alone—some version of this phrase is used at least ten times in Psalm 62. God alone is capable of truly defending us. God alone works true change in us and for us. How does this change our daily lives?
For one thing, the pressure is off us to make things happen. There’s no such thing as “the ends justify the means.” God wants us alongside him to accomplish good things, operating under his principles. We can, and should, work to bring God’s goodness to pass on earth, but we don’t need to worry or use ungodly means that fall outside of God’s goodness and justice.
Second, because God is in control, we can rest quietly, whether we are working with him or must wait on his timing.
By nature, we are skeptical of relying on God. As we intentionally spend time with the Lord each day, opening our hearts to him, we will make a good beginning. We can pay attention to the many ways God does protect us and bring good to pass.
Have you ever asked friends and family for their stories of waiting for God or working with God to accomplish God’s goodness? Their stories will amaze you and reinforce God’s protection in your own life. Retell these stories so that God’s protection becomes rooted concretely in your everyday experience.