Psalm 62: Trust Only God

Is it unusual to yearn for God with our “whole being”?  Why?

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Psalm 62:1 To Jeduthun, minister of music, a song of David.
My whole being eagerly awaits God, for no one else can save me.
King James
Psalm 62:1 <To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.> Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

If God alone keeps us safe, why do people sometimes seek security elsewhere?

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Psalm 62:2 He alone is my rock of security, my fortress for defense, and I will not be shaken.
King James
Psalm 62:2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

What will cause people to stop plotting the destruction of others?

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Psalm 62:3 How long will these people plot my destruction as if I were a leaning wall or unstable fence?
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Psalm 62:3 How 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.

Why do some people resent the success of others?

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Psalm 62:4 They scheme to pull me down from my place of great honor. Loving their lies, they speak blessings while cursing inwardly. Pause to think on that.
King James
Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

How can we recognize people for who they are and not who they appear to be?

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Psalm 62:4 They scheme to pull me down from my place of great honor. Loving their lies, they speak blessings while cursing inwardly. Pause to think on that.
Matthew 7:16–20 Recognize them by their actions. No one picks grapes from thorn bushes or figs from briers. Good trees produce good fruit, and bad trees produce bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. Every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and burned. Each tree is identified by its own fruit.
Luke 6:42 “How can you say, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and not admit the existence of something much larger in your own eye? Hypocrite! First take the large object from your eye. Then you can see clearly to remove the small piece from your brother’s eye.”
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Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
Matthew 7:16–20 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Luke 6:42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.

How important is self-talk?

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Psalm 62:5 Since God is my only hope, I tell myself to wait patiently in eager anticipation.
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Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

If the optimist and pessimist are describing the same God, which perception is right? Why?

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Psalm 62:5 Since God is my only hope, I tell myself to wait patiently in eager anticipation.
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Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

We hope for what we don’t have. How long should we wait before we give up? What should we do while we wait?

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Psalm 62:5–7 Since God is my only hope, I tell myself to wait patiently in eager anticipation. He alone is my rock of security, my fortress for defense, and I will not be shaken. My safety and wellbeing is with God, my mighty rock and shelter.
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Psalm 62:5–7 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Why should we meditate on the fact that we can share our deepest thoughts and feelings with God?

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Psalm 62:8 My people, always trust him. Share with him your deepest thoughts and feelings, for you are safe in telling him. Pause to meditate on that.
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Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

How do the different perspectives compare—how others see us, how God sees us, how we see ourselves? Why might the way others actually see us be different from what we think?

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Psalm 62:9 We may be regarded as small or great, but together we amount to no more than a breath of wind.
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Psalm 62:9 Surely 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.

What things do people typically value most? What should we treasure more than anything else? Why?

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Psalm 62:10 Don’t think extortion or robbery will get you anywhere. Don’t make health and wealth your greatest treasure.
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Psalm 62:10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

How do we benefit by repeating our belief that God is all-powerful?

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Psalm 62:11 God said it once, and it is worth repeating. God is all-powerful.
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Psalm 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

Why is it good that God rewards people according to their deeds? Why might that be a problem?

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Psalm 62:12 Lord, you are faithful and just, because you reward people according to their deeds.
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Psalm 62:12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.