“How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?” (Ps. 62:3)
Jake, a lawyer in Mississippi in John Grisham’s novel, “Sycamore Row” would know the experience of the Psalmist. His successful defense of Carl Lee Hailey led the Klan to torch his house. But first they had burned a cross in his front yard, attempted to blow up the house and hired a sniper who missed but hit a guard. They threatened his wife on the phone.
Jake would also know the feeling of verse 4, “They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths but inwardly they curse.”
However, vs. 3 & 4 are bracketed by a refrain, “For God alone my soul waits in silence, from him comes my salvation.” (vs. 1 &5) His salvation and hope (v. 5) are based on God alone who is “my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” (vs. 2 & 6)
However, perhaps when we are battered and feeling like a leaning wall about to fall or a tottering fence, we have trouble quieting our self, then we are in good company too. In Psalm 39:2-3 we read, “I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse. My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue.”
If we can’t calm our troubled heart; if we can’t look to God alone for salvation, hope and rescue; then where do we look? Well, I can only say, “Look to God alone.” And there we will see Jesus who also said, “Now is my soul troubled…” In the gospel of John Jesus soul is troubled at the death of his friend Lazarus, at the prospect of his death, at his coming betrayal by one of his own disciples. (John 11:33; 12:27; 13:21).
He can look to Jesus who was battered from every side, cursed and murdered, and suffered it all in silence. He did what we fail to do, He looked only to God. God was his rock, his salvation, his hope and his rescue. His love for us is always steadfast, never wavering. As our Rock of salvation he will still be there when we reach back to grab hold of him and discover he has been holding us all along.