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Exposition Paper of Psalm 62

Exposition Paper of Psalm 62

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Published by Joel Dorman
I completed this paper for my class on Psalms at Liberty.
I completed this paper for my class on Psalms at Liberty.

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An Expositionof Psalm 62
 
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nthesis and Outline of Psalm 62
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ummar
y:
Psalm 62 states an unshakable faith in Almighty God in which the psalmist findshimself the recipient of mistreatment by enemies but his resolve is, nevertheless, unshaken.More than a mere personal statement of faith, Psalm 62 encourages the entire community of faithto exalt in the Lord as the Refuge and Rock of those who trust in the Lord to find their rest.Trusting in humanity or one¶s position in society is not enough for the psalmist to encouragefaith. His hope, and that of the entire community of faith, is found in the power and unfailinglove of the Great King, the Lord Almighty.
 Outline
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I. Finding one¶s rest in God (62:1-6) ±David opens Psalm 62 with the statement of faith that hisrest is found only in the Lord because his salvation comes only from Him.A.
 
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alvation comes from God: It is in God the psalmist finds salvation as the Rock andFortress in whom ³I will never be shaken´(62:1-2).B.
 
The need for rest from enemies: In spite of a solid faith in the firm foundation of theLord, David finds himself surrounded by those who wish for his demise (62:3-4).C.
 
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alvation comes from God: His enemies remind David of the need and blessing of salvation from them; therefore, he reasserts, ³yes, my soul finds rest´ (62:5-6).II. Finding one¶s refuge in God (62:7-8) ±David turns his attention to the greater community of faith observing his actions in light of the persecution he suffers. Here the Psalmist encouragesthe faithful to ³trust him at all times´.A.
 
God provides protection: The Lord is the refuge for those who are His and the Lordalone provides protection and security (62:7).B.
 
God hears the concerns of His people: The refuge one finds in the Lord is madesecure because the Lord is attentive to the concerns of His people; therefore, he can be trusted ³at all times´ (62:8).III. Finding one¶s rest in the power of God (62:9-12) ±The mighty power of God is cause for trust because His power and protection far outweigh the insignificance of humanity. To trust inhuman position or power is an exercise in futility.A.
 
Humans and their ingenuity are insignificant compared to God: In spite of bearing theimage of God Himself, humans are insignificant compared to the greatness of power of the Great King (62:9-10).B.
 
God has all power, love, and reward: The Lord¶s steadfast love brings with it thereward for the faithful through His power (62:11-12).
 
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ntroduction
Joining Psalms 11,16, and 23, Psalm 62 is classified as a psalm of confidence. Unlike the psalms of thanksgiving, these psalms do not always assume the crisis from which the psalmist is praying for deliverance has passed. In presenting the lament, Psalm 62 is more reflective thanthe psalms of lament or thanksgiving and is more reserved than the psalms of imprecation.
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 Psalm 62 faithfully represents its classification by calling God ³my rock, my salvation,´and ³my fortress´ (verse six).
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Furthermore, the author, David, exhorts the congregation to ³trustin him...pour out your hearts...for God is our refuge´ (verse eight). The closing verses of Psalm62 further validate this classification stating that power and love is the Lord¶s and He rewards³everyone according to what they have done´ (verse twelve).A difficulty of this genre as a whole is the tendency towards obscurity in identification of the crisis prompting the occasion for writing. Even this Psalm is not overtly specific althoughthe lament expressed in verses three and four state the concern over those wishing for the psalmist¶s demise.
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ome scholars suggest the backdrop of this psalm is Absalom¶s rebellion, butin spite of its specific lament, Psalm 62 does not reveal the exact circumstances in the life of David that inspired the psalm.
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 The heading indicates David, to whom many of the Psalms are attributed, as the author and there is no compelling or convincing reason to doubt his authorship. His message is theabsolute trust the Lord inspires and has earned. Although it may be easy to find rest in station of 
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Walter Brueggemann,
The Message of the Psalms
, Augsburg OT
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eries (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1984),152.
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Unless otherwise noted, all
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cripture quotations are from the
 New International Version
(Grand Rapids,MI: Zondervan, 2011).
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Willem A. VanGemeren,
The Expositor¶s Bible Commentary, Volume 5: Psalms
, Revised Edition, Frank E. Gaebelein, ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008), 483.

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