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A sermon preached by the Rev. Rick Wright, The Falls Church, VA …Psalm 62 speaks of silence, which I like.

But as I spent more and more time with this Psalm, I realized David composed this Psalm when he did and he may have had more in common with those of you in the battlefields of business... So I want to examine with you some points about how David prayed in a difficult situation in the hopes that when you are in a difficult situation, you will remember how David prayed. It’s helpful to know a little background to Psalm 62. It was composed by David and given to one of the temple musicians, Jeduthun, who is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 25:6. Psalms 39 and 77 are also tied to Jeduthun, and they both also mention or allude to silence. It is commonly supposed that selah means that a pause or silent break was to occur after verses 4 and 8. We don’t know for sure when David wrote the Psalm, but some believe that it was during the rebellion of his son, Absalom. During that rebellion, David took his army to the city of Mahaniam, which was a walled city, before finally marching out into battle and defeating Absalom’s army. Given the text, I think that this setting makes sense. It could be that it was composed at some other point and was based on his or another’s personal struggles. But the meaning and application of the Psalm doesn’t seem to me to be materially changed either way, so I’m going to stick with this setting. So we have David in a walled city with an army of rebels led by his son outside, trying to get in and kill him. This is a heart wrenching and difficult situation, not only because it is own son, whom he loves, rebelling against him, but also because it is partly his fault. That’s a long story that goes back to his adultery with Bathsheba and his poor parenting skills. Suffice it for this morning to say that David was probably struggling with his own failures from the past while he was facing his rebellious son and his army. David has his own army with him and here we have this prayer. For the next few minutes we won’t be looking at ethics or conflict resolution or principles of practical Christian wisdom and how to handle difficult situations in the business world or in interpersonal relationships. Each of those is important and must be dealt with. What we will be examining now is how David prayed in a difficult situation and how we can, too. We will find that David prays a prayer of silence, a prayer of trust, a prayer of the heart, and a prayer of surrender. Though this is not the type of response that the world takes, they are faithful prayers for a Christian in a difficult situation.

PSALM 62 Verse 1-2 Explore: 1. The first verses express the theme of the psalmist, what do you think the theme of this psalm will be? 2. Look at the imagery used in the first two verses, why do you think David uses the metaphors of “rock” and “fortress”? 3. What is David’s attitude toward God in getting what he wants? Connect: 1. What does your soul “waiting in silence” mean to you? 2. Have you ever prayed during times when you felt persecuted? What are your prayers like compared to David’s? 3. What would you do differently if you could truly trust that God alone is your rock? Apply: This week, when you are faced with difficult situations, stop and think of the unshakeable faith that David expressed. Pray the first two verses and share your experience next week.