Notes on Psalm 62

Silence/Pour out Your Heart/Once God has Spoken


[Read: Psalm 62]

It’s interesting that David says that he will be silent in waiting for God to deliver him, but he tells others to pour out their hearts before God, which is a figure of speech for prayer.[1] He then goes on to say that he has heard God declare that power and steadfast love belong to Him alone. Out of these three – God’s servant who will remain silent and wait for God’s deliverance, God’s people who will pour out their hearts before Him, and God who has declared that He is the source of power and steadfast love – the mute are encouraged to speak, the Lord’s servant is muted, and the Word of God concerning His power and love are identified as the sustaining force of God’s servant and, therefore, also of His people.

The question that comes to mind is simply: Why does the servant of the Lord remain silent? If he tells others to pour out their hearts to God, then why does he not also do this? Whatever the historical reason for this, I think there is a passage in Isaiah seems to touch upon the significance of the mute servant of God. The prophet tells us that Christ “will not cry aloud or lift up His voice, or make it heard in the street…”[2] Isaiah goes on to tell us that “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.”[3] Our brother explains this to us, telling us that “when He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.”[4] Just as David’s silence conveys his dependence upon God who judges justly,[5] so Christ’s silence before His accusers, Christ’s lamb-like response to the violence pressing upon Him from Jew and Gentile alike signified His absolute and perfect dependence upon “Him who judges justly” (i.e. God the Father).

It is because Christ was silent that we can “proclaim the excellencies of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light.”[6] It is because we have seen that the Father always hears the Son, and heard the Son’s prayers, and vindicated His Son by raising Him from the dead and, thereby, promising to His elect that they too will be preserved until the Last Day and will be saved, because they already are saved, that we can continually place our daily renewed faith in Christ. David speaks prophetically, then, in this psalm, shifting our focus from ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Anointed One who stood condemned in our place and yet did not revile back. The hope that Paul speaks of in Romans 8:28-39 is, I think, what is reflected in this psalm. “Since then we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to find help in our time of need.”[7] Amen.

[1] Cf. Ps 42:4 & 142:2

[2] Isa 42:2

[3] Isa 53:7

[4] 1 Pet 2:23

[5] Cf. Ps 62:12b

[6] 1 Pet 2:9b

[7] Heb 4:14-16


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