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Daily Devotional

September 12

My Soul Waiteth Upon God

by the Rev. Henry Huenemann

Text

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation (Psalm 62:1).

Bible Reading

Psalm 62:

1Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
3How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.
4They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
7In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
8Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
10Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
11God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
12Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

Devotional

The Hebrew reads, My soul is silent; the German, My soul is still to God. God is sovereign. "The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works." "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" "God is the Judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another." What is man that he should rebel or speak against God, or even be displeased with his ways? Not in rebellion, but in submission lies our happiness. "For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." We must look to him in quietness and confidence. "The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy." His eye is upon them "to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine." Oh, may we say with the psalmist: "Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee." From him alone comes our salvation.

The German poet, Karl Gerok, wrote:

To God thy soul be still, and ever
Content be with his plan and will.
May nothing from his will thee sever,
And all to thy good will be still.
He, who for him has chosen thee
Knows best what's good. So let it be.

Prayer

Our Father in heaven, we thank Thee that we know that Thou lovest us, and that we are in Thy care. And, being in Thy care, nothing can harm us. All must work together for our good. When our way leads through dark valleys, free us from all fear, and grant us a childlike trust. And may the peace of God that passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.


Scripture in Devotional: Ps. 145; 17; Gen. 18:25; Ps. 75:7; Isa. 30:15; Ps. 147:11; 33:19; 33:20-22.

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