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Verses of Psalms 62

Psalms 62 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

When Saul was seeking David’s life, Jonathan went to him secretly, and “strengthened his hand in God” (1Sa 23:16); and when David’s followers in a fit of blind exasperation threatened to stone him, he “strengthened himself in Jehovah his God” (1Sa 30:6). In the face of treacherous plots against his honour and perhaps his life, when his followers are in danger of being carried away by the power of position and wealth, this Psalmist “strengthens himself in God.” With triumphant reiteration he dwells upon the thought of all that God is to him his rock, his strong rock, his high tower, his refuge, his salvation, his hope; and with this trust in God he contrasts the folly of trusting to man and material resources, and the futility of opposing the will of God.

The trustful confidence and courage of the Psalm is worthy of David. If it is his, it may best be referred to the time of Absalom’s rebellion. It has affinities with Psalms 4, which seems to belong to that time. We might indeed have expected more definite allusions to the rebellion; but at any rate the situation of the Psalmist is not wholly dissimilar. Unscrupulous and hypocritical enemies are seeking to depose him from a position of dignity (3, 4); he has a party of followers to whom he can appeal (8), but some of them, in common with many others who are still wavering, are in danger of being seduced by the show of power and the fair promises of his enemies (cp. Psa 4:6).

Like Psalms 39 to which it has several points of resemblance, though the situation is wholly different, this Psalm has the name of Jeduthun in the title, but with a different preposition, which seems to mean after the manner of Jeduthun (R.V.), or possibly, set to some melody composed by or called after Jeduthun. Cp. the title of Psalms 77. Jeduthun, who appears to have been also called Ethan (1Ch 15:17 ff), is mentioned in 1Ch 16:41 f; Psa 25:1 ff; 2Ch 5:12; 2Ch 35:15, along with Heman and Asaph, as one of the directors of the Temple music.

The structure of the Psalm is regular. It consists of three equal stanzas.

i. God alone is the Psalmist’s defence. How long will his enemies plot to ruin him (Psa 62:1-4)?

ii. With slight but significant variations the opening verses are repeated, and those who are on the Psalmist’s side are exhorted to trust in God (Psa 62:5-8).

iii. It is vain to trust in man and brute force and material wealth. God is a God of strength and love, which are manifested in the justice of His government (Psa 62:9-12).

Verses of Psalms 62

Consult other comments:

Psalms 62:0 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Psalms 62:0 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Psalms 62:0 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Psalms 62:0 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Psalms 62:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Psalms 62:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 62:0 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Psalms 62:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Psalms 62:0 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges