Psalms 62


Psalms 62:1-12 . this Psalm is expressive of confidence in God. Occasion is taken to remind the wicked of their sin, their ruin, and their meanness.

1. waiteth--literally, "is silent," trusts submissively and confidently as a servant.

2. The titles applied to God often occur ( Psalms 9:9 , 18:2 ).
be greatly moved--( Psalms 10:6 ). No injury shall be permanent, though devised by enemies.

3. Their destruction will come; as a tottering wall they already are feeble and failing.
bowing wall shall ye be--better supply "are." Some propose to apply these phrases to describe the condition of "a man"--that is, the pious suffer: thus, "Will ye slay him," &c.; but the other is a good sense.

4. his excellency--or, elevation to which God had raised him ( Psalms 4:2 ). This they try to do by lies and duplicity ( Psalms 5:9 ).

5, 6. (Compare Psalms 62:1 Psalms 62:2 ).

6. not be moved--not at all; his confidence has increased.

7. rock of my strength--or strongest support ( Psalms 7:10 , 61:3 ).

8. pour out your heart--give full expression to feeling ( 1 Samuel 1:15 , Job 30:16 , Psalms 42:4 ).
ye people--God's people.

9. No kind of men are reliable, compared with God ( Isaiah 2:22 , Jeremiah 17:5 ).
altogether--alike, one as the other ( Psalms 34:3 ).

10. Not only are oppression and robbery, which are wicked means of wealth, no grounds of boasting; but even wealth, increasing lawfully, ought not to engross the heart.

11. once; twice--(as in Job 33:14 , 40:5 ), are used to give emphasis to the sentiment. God's power is tempered by His mercy, which it also sustains.

12. for thou renderest--literally, "that Thou renderest," &c., connected with "I heard this," as the phrase--"that power," &c. [ Psalms 62:11 ]--teaching that by His power He can show both mercy and justice.