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by Joseph Jagde
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Prayer and psalm 62

Psalm 62 reads as follows from the Oxford Annotated Bible:

For God alone on my soul waits in Ėsilence;
From him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My fortress; I shall never be shaken,

How long will you assail a person,
Will you batter your victim, all of you,
As you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence,
They take pleasure in falsehood,
They bless with their mouths,
Bu inwardly they curse,

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
For my hope is from him,
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
On God rests my deliverance an my honor;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God,

Trust in him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before him;
God is refuge for us,

Those to 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,
Put no confidence in extortion,
An set no vain hopes on robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart on them,

Once God has spoken;
Twice have I heard this:
The power belongs to God,
An steadfast love belongs to you,
O Lord
For you repay to all,
According to their work.

This psalm talks about seeking the Lord at all times or on all occasions. There can be a tendency to seek the Lord while you are on your way up, and then when you get what you want, settle in a bit and feel secure with what you have obtained.

One of the things that can take on the illusion of security might be riches. Wealth can get us a lot in terms of comfort and having any number of things, and wealth is something that there often is a buildup towards so there is a feeling of achievement that comes with obtaining it. Yet according to this psalm this is not to be our place of confidence.

Verse 9 says,Ē 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.Ē

What this is saying is that yes, the help or assistance of others is something, but it doesnít amount to enough.

If you were in deep trouble, all of the help you can get from others is the equivalent of just getting on deep breath of relief. You do get something however limited it really is. With the Lordís help, you can keep breathing easily.

And this verse speaks of the help of everyone, added up collectively as containing the equivalent of a deep breath of relief.

By analogy, someone might be on a adventure in the artic and end up with just one patch of ice to stand on against the surrounding seas. This would represent what you might get with the help of men, the S.O.S. would be limited to maybe a little icy landscape. With the Lordís help, you would get onto the vast open terrain of icy land to travel on, with the full protection from the seas and room to maneuver in these icy regions.

This might be one possible metaphor, but of course it is much more extensive that than, when you would compare the help of man to the help of God.

The key to this psalm is this ratio never changes and the comforts of life which may include wealth doesnít change the truth that no matter what it is always going to be where the help of man is just about the equivalent of one deep breath as compared to the vastness of the Lordís presence and help.

This is why you can never be in a position where it isnít worth it to seek the Lord at all times, and at all times, there will be an astounding difference between the help of man and the presiding help of the Lord.

This illusion is that any type of plateau you are on or have gotten to is not going to change this, the truth is the help of man and this includes the help you can give yourself, is basically always going to be strongly limited. Self reliance is not the answer either.

Even viewing things more broadly, such as the achievements and advancements in society, along the lines of science, knowledge and computers, it still doesnít change mathematics of all this help just amounting to one deep breath of relief.

Nothing anyone can do is ever going to change this ratio. It is always going to be that small amount of help you can get from yourself and others, compared to the vastness of the Lordís help.
This is the reason, why it is always worth it and advisable to seek the Lord at all times and on all occasions even when things seem to be going smoothly and great.

Verse 8 says,Ē Trust in him at all times, O people
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.

This key verse is partly an admonition but it is also an open invitation. Imagine in human terms having a chance to be with the people you most wanted to be with and then having them say, talk to me any time about anything. That is the most desirable scenario. This verse is saying to share anything with the Lord.

This psalm is an invitation but also shows the practical aspect of how going to any other source is very limited in terms of actual help and value, and both now and in the moments and days ahead, it will be the superseding and presiding help of the Lord that rules all situations and surrounding circumstances.

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