Psalm 62:5
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New International Version
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

New Living Translation
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.

English Standard Version
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

New American Standard Bible
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.

King James Bible
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.

International Standard Version
My soul, be quiet before God, for from him comes my hope.

NET Bible
Patiently wait for God alone, my soul! For he is the one who gives me confidence.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My soul looks for God, from whom is my salvation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wait calmly for God alone, my soul, because my hope comes from him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My soul, rest thou only in God, for my hope is from him.

King James 2000 Bible
My soul, wait you only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

American King James Version
My soul, wait you only on God; for my expectation is from him.

American Standard Version
My soul, wait thou in silence for God only; For my expectation is from him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But be thou, O my soul, subject to God: for from him is my patience.

Darby Bible Translation
Upon God alone, O my soul, rest peacefully; for my expectation is from him.

English Revised Version
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Webster's Bible Translation
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

World English Bible
My soul, wait in silence for God alone, for my expectation is from him.

Young's Literal Translation
Only -- for God, be silent, O my soul, For from Him is my hope.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

62:1-7 We are in the way both of duty and comfort, when our souls wait upon God; when we cheerfully give up ourselves, and all our affairs, to his will and wisdom; when we leave ourselves to all the ways of his providence, and patiently expect the event, with full satisfaction in his goodness. See the ground and reason of this dependence. By his grace he has supported me, and by his providence delivered me. He only can be my Rock and my salvation; creatures are nothing without him, therefore I will look above them to him. Trusting in God, the heart is fixed. If God be for us, we need not fear what man can do against us. David having put his confidence in God, foresees the overthrow of his enemies. We have found it good to wait upon the Lord, and should charge our souls to have such constant dependence upon him, as may make us always easy. If God will save my soul, I may well leave every thing else to his disposal, knowing all shall turn to my salvation. And as David's faith in God advances to an unshaken stedfastness, so his joy in God improves into a holy triumph. Meditation and prayer are blessed means of strengthening faith and hope.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 5-8. - From the thought of his bitter enemies and their wicked machinations against him, the psalmist returns to expressions of his own full confidence in God - first falling back on almost the identical words of his opening stanza (comp. vers. 5, 6 with vers. 1, 2); then slightly varying them (ver. 7); and finally commending trust and confidence to the remnant of the people who continue faithful to God and to his anointed (ver. 8). Verse 5. - My soul, wait thou only upon God. Compare the opening words of the psalm, which are nearly identical. For my expectation is from him. "Expectation" here takes the place of "salvation" in ver. 1. Otherwise there is no difference. The God who has given salvation in the past is the Being from whom it is expected in the future.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My soul, wait thou only upon God,.... Be silent and subject to him, acquiesce in his providences, rest in him patiently and quietly, wait for his salvation; See Gill on Psalm 62:1; perhaps some new temptation might arise, and David's soul began to be uneasy and impatient; for frames are very changeable things; and therefore he encourages it to be still and quiet, and patiently wait on the Lord, and on him only:

for my expectation is from him; or "my hope", as the Targum; the grace of hope is from the Lord, and the thing hoped for is from him; he is the author and the object of it; and his word of promise encourages to the exercise of it; or "my patience"; as the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions. The grace of patience is from the Lord; the means of it is his word; and it is exercised, tried, and increased by afflictions sent and sanctified by him; and "expectation" is nothing else than these graces in exercise, a waiting patiently for things hoped for Old Testament saints expected the first coming of Christ; New Testament saints expect his second coming; and all expect good things from him in time and eternity; nor shall their expectation fail and perish; and therefore is a reason why their souls should wait only on the Lord.

The Treasury of David

5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psalm 62:5

"My soul, wait thou only upon God." When we have already practised a virtue, it is yet needful that we bind ourselves to a continuance in it. The soul is apt to be dragged away from its anchorage, or is readily tempted to add a second confidence to the one sole and sure ground of reliance; we must, therefore, stir ourselves up to maintain the holy position which we were at first able to assume. Be still silent, O my soul! submit thyself completely, trust immovably, wait patiently. Let none of thy enemies' imaginings, consultings, flatteries, or maledictions cause thee to break the King's peace. Be like the sheep before her shearers, and like thy Lord, conquer by the passive resistance of victorious patience: thou canst only achieve this as thou shalt be inwardly persuaded of God's presence, and as thou waitest solely and alone on him. Unmingled faith is undismayed. Faith with a single eye sees herself secure, but if her eye be darkened by two confidences, she is blind and useless. "For my expectation is from him." We expect from God because we believe in him. Expectation is the child of prayer and faith, and is owned of the Lord as an acceptable grace. We should desire nothing but what it would be right for God to give, then our expectation would be all from God; and concerning truly good things we should not look to second causes, but to the Lord alone, and so again our expectation would be all from him. The vain expectations of worldly men come not; they promise, but there is no performance; our expectations are on the way, and in due season will arrive to satisfy our hopes. Happy is the man who feels that all he has, all he wants, and all he expects are to be found in his God.

Psalm 62:6

"He only is my rock and my salvation." Alone, and without other help, God is the foundation and completion of my safety. We cannot too often hear the toll of that great bell only; let it ring the death-knell of all carnal reliances, and lead us to cast ourselves on the bare arm of God. "He is my defence." Not my defender only, but my actual protection. I am secure, because he is faithful. "I shall not be moved" - not even in the least degree. See how his confidence grows. In the Psalm 62:2 an adverb qualified his quiet; here, however, it is absolute; he altogether defies the rage of his adversaries, he will not stir an inch, nor be made to fear even in the smallest degree. A living faith grows; experience develops the spiritual muscles of the saint, and gives a manly force which our religious childhood has not yet reached.

Psalm 62:7

In God is my salvation and my glory. Wherein should we glory but in him who saves us? Our honour may well be left with him who secures our souls. To find all in God, and to glory that it is so, is one of the sure, marks of an enlightened soul. "The rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God." He multiplies titles, for he would render much honour to the Lord, whom he had tried, and proved to be a faithful God under so many aspects; Ignorance needs but few words, but when experience brings a wealth of knowledge, we need varied expressions to serve as coffers for our treasure. God who is our rock when we flee for shelter, is also our strong rock when we stand firm and defy the foe; he is to be praised under both characters. Observe how the Psalmist brands his own initials upon every name which he rejoicingly gives to his God - my expectation, my rock, my salvation, my glory, my strength, my refuge; he is not content to know that the Lord is all these things; he acts faith towards him, and lays claim to him under every character. What are the mines of Peru or Golconda to me if I have no inheritance in them? It is the word my which puts the honey into the comb. If our experience has not yet enabled us to realise the Lord under any of these consoling titles, we must seek grace that we may yet be partakers of their sweetness. The bees in some way or other penetrate the flowers and collect their juices; it must be hard for them to enter the closed cups and mouthless bags of some of the favourites of the garden, yet the honey-gatherers find or make a passage; and in this they are our instructors, for into each delightful name, character, and office of our covenant God our persevering faith must find an entrance, and from each it must draw delight.

Psalm 62:8

"Trust in him at all times." Faith is an abiding duty, a perpetual privilege. We should trust when we can see, as well as when we are utterly in the dark. Adversity is a fit season for faith; but prosperity is not less so. God at all times deserves our confidence. We at all times need to place our confidence in him. A day without trust in God is a day of wrath, even if it be a day of mirth. Lean ever, ye saints, on him, on whom the world leans. "Ye people, pour out flour heart before him." Ye to whom his love is revealed, reveal yourselves to him. His heart is set on you, lay bare your hearts to him. Turn the vessel of your soul upside down in his secret presence, and let your inmost thoughts, desires, sorrows, and sins be poured out like water. Hide nothing from him, for you can hide nothing. To the Lord unburden your soul - let him be your only father-confessor, for he only can absolve you when he has heard your confession. To keep our griefs to ourselves is to hoard up wretchedness. The stream will swell and rage if you dam it up: give it a clear course, and it leaps along and creates no alarm. Sympathy we need, and if we unload our hearts at Jesus' feet, we shall obtain a sympathy as practical as it is sincere, as consolatory as it is ennobling. The writer in the Westminster Assembly's Annotations well observes that it is the tendency of our wicked nature to bite on the bridle, and hide our grief in sullenness; but the gracious soul will overcome this propensity, and utter its sorrow before the Lord. "God is a refuge for us." Whatever he may be to others, his own people have a peculiar heritage in him; "for us" he is undoubtedly a refuge; here then is the best of reasons for resorting to him whenever sorrows weigh upon our bosoms. Prayer is peculiarly the duty of those to whom the Lord has specially revealed himself as their defence.

"Selah." Precious pause! Timely silence! Sheep may well lie down when such pasture is before them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5, 6. (Compare Ps 62:1, 2).

Psalm 62:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
My Soul Rests in God Alone
4They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position; They delight in falsehood; They bless with their mouth, But inwardly they curse. Selah. 5My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. 6He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.…
Cross References
Hebrews 6:19
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,

Psalm 9:18
But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalm 62:1
For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

Psalm 130:5
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Treasury of Scripture

My soul, wait you only on God; for my expectation is from him.

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Psalm 42:5,11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? …

Psalm 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within …

Psalm 103:1,2 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name…

Psalm 104:1,35 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you …

Psalm 146:1 Praise you the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

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Psalm 62:1,2 Truly my soul waits on God: from him comes my salvation…

Psalm 27:13,14 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD …

Psalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt you to inherit …

Lamentations 3:24-26 The LORD is my portion, said my soul; therefore will I hope in him…

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my …

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall …

Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait you on me, said the LORD, until the day that I rise …

John 6:67-69 Then said Jesus to the twelve, Will you also go away…

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Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in you.

Psalm 71:5 For you are my hope, O Lord GOD: you are my trust from my youth.

Jeremiah 17:17 Be not a terror to me: you are my hope in the day of evil.

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing …

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