Prepare to Listen. Light your candle of hope and wait in silence for God alone.
Prayerfully Read Psalm 62
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, 12and steadfast love belongs to you, O LORD.
For you repay to all according to their work.
Covid-19 has put all of us into an uncomfortable space, to put it gently. Perhaps this is the greatest good that has come from this pandemic and its fall-out. It has rearranged our lives and woken us up. Nobody likes it when the norm is messed with, yet uncomfortable spaces are good for us and therefore necessary. They force us to pause, give us space for reflection to name harmful habits and discern new ways of being. We’ve been given a gift from God and can choose it to seek creative living in the Spirit and reject ‘the same old same old.’
The psalmist in today’s lament has found himself in an uncomfortable space but chose to use it to wait in silence for God alone. We don’t know what the unsettling circumstances were and thus we can read our own situation into this psalm. As political leaders begin easing restrictions the discomfort doesn’t vanish. We continue to live with anxiety and uncertainty about life after covid-19. Wait in silence for God alone, advocates the psalmist, reminding us to build our hope in God who is, as he twice proclaims, ‘my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.’
As the psalmist waited in silence, he gained a new perspective and observed a great truth: God treats all people, those of high estate and those of low estate, alike. He could admit that he, along with everyone else, is ‘but a breath,’ ‘a delusion,’ ‘together lighter than a breath.’ His circumstances hadn’t changed. His perspective had, therefore he could urge his fellow pray-ers to wait in silence and, as they did, to trust in God pouring out their hearts to God, who is their refuge.
What lessons has the current situation taught you? How has your perspective on life been changing? During the day, periodically press the pause button for 30-60 seconds (or longer) and wait in silence for God alone.
Respond to Jesus
For you alone, O Lord, my soul in silence waits, and waits. May I use this waiting time to shed the past, let go of grudges, bad habits, activities that, while good kept me too busy for you. May I find new and creative ways to live as I sit in silence and wait for God alone. Amen.