Psalm 62:4 “They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. "Selah"”
Psalm 62 starts off with ‘my soul finds rest in God alone’. We need to focus on placing our trust in Him and Him alone. Men are not to be trusted. They may bless you to your face but be cautious. Not everyone is truly for you. Many say the right things but in their hearts they are cursing your success or your favor or your blessing or your position or your promotion. The psalmist says to pause and think about it.
In fact the Holy Spirit in such situations provides the gift of discernment. This gift doesn’t only discern evil spirits; it discerns men’s spirit too. A prime example of this is the relationship between David and King Saul after the women sang that Saul had slain his thousands but David his ten thousands. Envy took root in Saul’s soul. From that point on he determined to destroy David. Throughout the struggle between them Saul would appear repentant to David, loving and tenderhearted, but then in an instant he would turn upon David. David honored Saul throughout the ordeal as his king and God’s anointed.
Psalm 75:7 says, “But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another”. Ultimately our promotion or demotion is in the hands of the Lord. John the Baptist said of Jesus that he must increase while I decrease. If we are trusting God alone He will keep us and not disappoint us. If we think that everyone is for us due to the words they speak we will be sorely disappointed.
I remember my father in-law shortly after he became a Christian was up for election for a position he had held for many years. Even so, there were always challengers. The procedure to secure re-election was to wine and dine and promote yourself. He decided that if God wanted him there he would win the election. So he didn’t both with all the electioneering blather but simply prayed. The result was his strongest victory up to that stage. From that day forward he trusted the Lord in each of the subsequent elections until he retired of his own choosing.
The psalmist ends the psalm with “one thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done”. (Verse 11 and 12) We can trust in Him at all times because of His strength and His love for us. He rewards us according to what we have done. In the New Testament Jesus said to seek first the Kingdom of God and all the things the pagans seek will be added unto us. Simple – keep God first and the rewards are incredible.
Prayer: “Father, we trust in your strength and your love. Give us wisdom and discernment in our daily dealings with those around us. We trust your heart for us and chose you and your kingdom above all else. Bless us, Lord, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”