My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.Psalm 62:5
A wonderful way to meditate on Scripture is to use your Strong’s Concordance to define all key words in the verse. (online at BlueLetterBible.org) This opens up the passage in magnificent ways! Let’s walk through this verse together.
“Soul” is defined as the self, the person, the mind. It is that which breathes; the breathing substance or being; the seat of the appetites, emotions and passion. This erratic, emotional, part-wild/part-domesticated portion of you must be constrained to wait.
To “wait” is to be silent, to be still; to die. It is to be struck dumb. When a word triggers in your memory another similar verse, stop and look that one up too, not stopping until it is found. This practice helps you to become more familiar with your Bible. I thought of, “Wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14b) Also, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10a)
“Only upon God” refers to Elohiym, who is The True God of Genesis 1:1, The Creator; Speaker of Life. In His time and in complete righteousness He will move and distribute of His help. I think of Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” He only moves in mercy, love and grace.
“My expectation” is my hope, my cord. The same “cord” as found in Joshua 2: 18-21: “Thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by…and she bound the scarlet line in the window.” This cord was the vehicle of the spies’ rescue from peril and the symbol of mercy and salvation to the prostitute and her family huddled within the thin walls separating them from sure and eternal death.
“From Him.” He is the Gift and the Giver. All must pass through His loving hand before it touches my life. This reminds me of Romans 8:28 and its affirmation that all is from my God and for my good.
Now, praise Him! As you meditate on the fullness of this passage, praise Him for having instructed you in wisdom! Praise Him for the Holy Spirit who gives understanding! Praise Him for the surety of His Word! In safe hands are my body, soul, and spirit as I am still before the King of Kings and Lover of my soul. He has forever been among the sons of men and I will not always be. He who has saved me by the scarlet cord of the Blood of His dear Son, also shelters me with this same Blood as the enemy destroys and decimates those that are without. Safe am I, safe am I.
As we close, pull back and see the context in which this verse is found. Psalm 62 praises the Rock of My Salvation. He is My Defense and I shall not be moved. He alone is worthy of my trust and any fears of man are eclipsed in His Excellent Name. “Power belongeth unto God” and I belong to Him! Safe am I, safe am I. Oh, anxious soul, fret not, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)
As seasons of life change, Elizabeth happily remains desperately dependent upon her God. Two of her four children have now branched off to begin their own families. She is a homeschooling veteran and a faithful wife of almost 30 years.