Reading: Psalm 62: 9-12
Verses 11 and 12: “O God, you are strong… O Lord, you are loving”.
There is a shift as we move into the second part of our reading from Psalm 62. Verses five through eight were all about placing our trust in God and today’s passage begins by reminding us of our limits and shortcomings as human beings. The psalmist reminds us that no matter how rich or poor we think we are, no matter how important or lowly we think we are, it does not matter because we are simply a breath. Soon we will be no more. For the psalmist, this means that all of our hope and trust must be in God alone. The things of this world and our pride will not last and they will not save us.
The Psalm reminds us that we are all equally powerless before God. Even though we know deep down that we really cannot control much in this life and that when our time comes we cannot delay it in any way, we still turn to things like riches and position to determine our worth. We also tend to compare ourselves to others to feel value. And too often when we feel that we do not compare well, we turn to judging others as a means to elevate ourselves. Things have not changed too much since the Psalm was written.
Our passage today comes near to a close with these words: “O God, you are strong… O Lord, you are loving”. In the face of our pettiness and frailty, we are reminded of the eternal truths of God. God remains strong and loving in all ways and at all times. When we can choose to focus on God’s goodness and strength and love, then we can rest content in who we are as a child of God. When we know God in this way, the things of this world pale. Yes, we are but a breath, but we are a breath that has been breathed by God.
As our passage closes, it speaks of rewarding us accordingly. When we walk this life with a deep and abiding trust in God’s strength and love, then we are assured of our eternity with God. Our future does not get any better than that! Each and every day may we trust into the only thing that truly lasts – the Lord our God.