5 For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah 9 Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. 10 Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them. 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work.
Summary – David is confidently expressing his heart felt trust and dependency on the Lord, while encouraging us to do the same. Indeed, God is our only reliable source of protection in this world. He alone is fully committed to us. And he alone has the power to effectively defend us. God’s active defense has the strength of a mighty fortress. Everyone and everything else are described as but a single, passing and thoughtless breath of air in comparison.
Insight – Having a silent soul like David does not mean the lack of noisy struggles, it simply means the lack of noisy souls. Neither does a silent soul stop praying; Instead we are confident in the one who hears those prayers that we speak. You should always be pouring out your heart before him (v8). That is, we should always bring our honest and utmost concerns before; but we should do this because we are already trusting in God. If our hearts are set elsewhere, relying on worthless and false hopes, we will continue to be disappointed, restless and anxious.
Child Catechism – Who do we rely on for all of our needs? The Lord God.
Discussion – Have you ever been disappointed? What are some false hopes we rely on?
Prayer – Father, you alone care and protect your people,
You alone silence our souls.
You alone are our hope.
Give us a confidence and a boldness that could only be from you,
in the power of your Spirit,
and in the name of your Son,
Contributed by Malcolm West