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Psalm 62

An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 62

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Jesus said, "Do not be afraid. Only believe". (Mark 5:36)

Psalm 62

  (This is) for the music leader of Jeduthunís (singers).
(It is) a psalm of David.

v1   Only on God is my *soul *resting.
  From him comes my *safety.

v2   Only he is my rock. He will keep me safe!
  He is my *fortress, so nothing will move me much.

v3   How long will you shout at a man?
  You all attack (as if he was):
    a wall that is breaking
    a *fence that is falling down.

v4   They only want to push him off his high place.
  They love to tell a *lie.
  They say good things with their mouths
  but (think) bad things in their *hearts.  *SELAH

v5   Only on God is my *soul *resting,
  because from him comes my hope.

v6   Only he is my rock. He will keep me safe!
  He is my *fortress so nothing will move me (at all).

v7   (It is) God that made me safe and (put me somewhere) important.
  God is a strong rock and a *shelter.

v8   Everybody (should) always *trust in him!
  Tell him everything that is in your *heart.
  God is our *shelter!  *SELAH

v9   All men are only as a *breath! Everyone is as nothing!
  They all weigh less than nothing!
  Everybody together is *like a *breath (of air).

v10   Do not *trust in things that you:
    make people give to you (or that you)
    *steal (from people).
  If you become rich do not think in your *heart
  that (money) will give you help.

v11   God has said one thing (and) I have heard two things.
  God is strong,

v12   and you, *Lord, have kind love.
  I am sure that you will give to everyone what they should get.

The Story of Psalm 62

David often became "strong in God". 1 Samuel 23:16 says, "Jonathan made David strong in God". 1 Samuel 30:6 says, "David made himself strong in the *LORD his God". What does this mean? It means that when David was weak or ill or afraid he asked God to give him help. Because he thought that God would do this, David felt strong again! In this psalm David makes himself Ďstrong in Godí by thinking of God as his:

    rock and strong rock

    *fortress and *shelter

    *safety and hope.

Maybe he did this when his son Absalom wanted to be king. David ran away and did not return until Absalom was dead. He says that it is silly to think that men and money can give you help. Also he says that it is stupid to try to do what God does not want.

What Psalm 62 means

Jeduthun was one of Davidís singers and a music leader.

When he died, we think that they still called his group of singers "Jeduthun". They were part of his family.

Before we look at some of the verses, look at some interesting things in this psalm:

    The word only comes 6 times in important places. The Hebrew word only gives us a lot of help in understanding the psalm. It is the first word in verses 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 9. This is not easy to do in English, so in verses 4 and 9 it comes later! The psalm says only God can give us help, men can only hurt us. These are the men that were Davidís enemies.

    There are many words that soldiers use: *fortress, *shelter, wall and *fence. In the psalm they are the walls and *fences round the soldiers to make them safe.

    In verse 7 there is something that we often find in Hebrew poetry. Poetry is using words in a special way, so that they sound good. In the Hebrew psalm, God is the first and last word in the verse. This makes God special in the verse.

Verses 1, 2, 5 and 6: The word "*resting" here means more than not doing any work. It means not making any noise, and waiting for God to do something. In verse 2 "move me" means "stop me *resting on God". In other words, it means "stop me waiting for God to give me help". Now in verse 2 David says "move me much" but in verse 6 there is no "much". Nothing will move him at all! This often happens with Christians. They *trust God a little bit, and, when he sends help, they *trust him more! "Trust" means that you love, serve and obey God, and that he gives you hope that he will help you.

In verse 3 Bible students are not sure whether the breaking wall means David or his enemies. If it is David, the wall will not fall; if it is his enemies then they will soon fall over! Our translation makes David into the wall.

In verse 4 the "high place" may be the *fortress of verses 2 and 6. But it may be a "high place" in the government. As David was king, he had a very high place! At the end of the verse are words *like those that James said. James was Jesusí brother. He wrote, "Out of the same mouth come good and bad words. My brothers, this should not happen" (James 3:10). In both Hebrew (the psalm) and Greek (James) "good words" are "*blessings" and "bad words" are "cursings".

In verse 8 David tells all the people ... and that includes us! Ö to tell God everything that is "in our hearts". This means everything that we think about. God is our *shelter as well, if we ask him for help.

Air does not weigh very much. In verse 9 David says that people do not weigh very much either! He means that they are not important. He is writing about the people that do not *trust in God. When we *trust God, we become the people that accept his kind love, verse 12. Some Bible students think that "all men" in this verse means those who were not rulers. "Everybody" means the rulers, or the government. But nobody is important until they accept Godís kind love. God wants everybody to accept his kind love!

Something to do

Tell God that you accept his kind love and that you want to love and serve him *like David did. *Trust him, and then wait only for God to help you! He will do it through many people and ways.

Word list

bless ~ say good things about, or do good things to.

breath ~ air that goes in and out of our mouths.

fence ~ a wall made of wood, not stones.

fortress ~ a safe place built of stones and rocks.

heart ~ part of our body; the Jews thought that you used your *heart to think; so to know it "in your heart" or "by heart" means that you remember it.

lies ~ words that are not true.

like ~ another word for "as".

LORD ~ a special name for God; only his people use it (look after Psalm 25).

lord ~ someone with authority (with a capital L a name for God, look after Psalm 25).

peace ~ when we are friends with God and with other people; no war.

resting ~ not being afraid of anything and at *peace.

safety ~ in a place where there is no danger.

SELAH ~ a word often used in the psalms; we do not know what it means, probably stop and think, or pray, or make music.

shelter ~ a cover from wind, rain or danger.

soul/spirit ~ the part of us that lives on after our bodies die.

steal ~ rob.

trust ~ (noun, or being something) believing that someone will help.

trust ~ (verb, or doing something) believe that someone will help.

 

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This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words)

July 2001

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