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.
Psalm 62 faithfully represents its classification by calling God ³my rock, my salvation,´and ³my fortress´ (verse six).
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.
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.
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
The Message of the Psalms
, Augsburg OT
eries (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1984),152.
Unless otherwise noted, all
cripture quotations are from the
New International Version
(Grand Rapids,MI: Zondervan, 2011).
Willem A. VanGemeren,
The Expositor¶s Bible Commentary, Volume 5: Psalms
, Revised Edition, Frank E. Gaebelein, ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008), 483.