My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken . . .
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 62:1–2, 5–6

There is one very important word that occurs four times in succession in these verses—once in each verse. The word is alone. The psalmist enumerates a series of infinitely precious blessings that come only from God Himself. First and foremost among these blessings is salvation. Closely associated are also: rest; strength (the rock); protection (the fortress); and hope. In a sense these last four blessings are all by-products of the first—that is, salvation. The only ultimate source of salvation is God Himself—God alone. We dare not suggest that God is insufficient and that something further is necessary beyond God Himself.

Salvation does not depend on God plus the Law, or God plus the Church—or God plus anything else. It depends on God alone. The prophet Isaiah is another witness to the absolute uniqueness and all-sufficiency of God for salvation. Out of his own experience, he declares: “Surely God is my salvation . . . The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).

There are two opposite errors into which we may fall. On the one hand, if we suggest that salvation depends on something more than God, we dishonour Him and discredit His all-sufficiency. On the other hand, if we look for salvation in anything less than God, we will look in vain. But when God Himself becomes our salvation, then the other associated blessings follow: rest, strength, protection and hope.

Faith’s Response

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

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marcus gurney

marcus gurney

thankyou for all your work in bringing gods word to us

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