Psalm 62: A Psalm for Christian Waiters!


 1. ‘Waiting’ in Christ’s Service                              Psalm 62:1

Text: “Truly my soul waiteth (continuous verb. waits, and continually waits) upon God: from Him cometh my Salvation.”

Psalm 62:1.

Good morning, Christian waiter!  You may never in this life have worked in a restaurant or any other establishment where one serves meals or refreshments to the public.  You may never have been in a position where you have, or are required to physically ‘WAIT’, in service to others.  However, IF you and I are genuine, born again, Bible-believing Christians – then we are called by the Lord God to be waiters in the service of the Living Lord Jesus Christ; waiters on God, and sent from God, who must deliver a profound service to the immortal souls of both women and men. 

We serve up one meal continually, in a variation of preparations, to a myriad of very different souls.  That one meal is Christ, and Him Crucified for our sin.

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ Crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”  (1 Corinthians 1:22-24)

Having waited upon God for His great Salvation, through the hearing of the Gospel of Christ, and Him Crucified for our sins, we have ourselves proven the truth and reality of God’s way of Eternal Salvation.  Now, having been saved ourselves, we wait upon the souls of all men and women who will listen/hear our Gospel message, receive faith by the hearing, and Salvation in Christ, if it be the Lord God’s Sovereign will to save them.

Our purpose in waiting upon the souls of others with the Gospel of Christ Jesus is two-fold:

 (a) to reach the souls of those whom the Lord God has elected in Eternity to hear, obtain faith, and receive Christ’s Salvation; and;

(b) to preach to the reprobate souls, that they might continue to harden their hearts, and prove to themselves, and to everyone else, that they are indeed reprobate - rejected for Salvation by an Almighty Lord God whose Eternal mercy and grace are given only to those whom He wills to save.  God alone is God!  His Sovereign will is absolute and perfect.

“For by grace are ye saved through FAITH; and that (faith) not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants (waiters) for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-5)

It is abundantly clear to all who will accept the written Word of God as Divine truth:  Eternal Salvation is NOT a gift given by God equally to everyone.  God chooses whom He will save – way back in Eternity, before the world was Created by Him – He has then given those ‘elect’ souls to His dear Son, Christ Jesus to save; in time, those souls receive God’s gift of saving faith; come to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, and the Lord Jesus Christ saves them, AND keeps us forever as His own.  Hallelujah!  What a gracious Saviour!

“No man can come to Me (Jesus Christ), except the Father which hath sent Me draw him/her: and I will raise him/her up at the last day.”  (John 6:44)

The Lord Jesus teaches us clearly from the same New Testament chapter: “All (souls) that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.  For I came down from Heaven not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him (God the Father) that sent Me.”  (John 6:3738)

God’s waiters are taught of God from His own inspired (God-breathed) Word, in order that we might wait upon others with a Divine meal of Gospel truth – no matter how hard at times that meal is for our hearers to swallow. 

It is not the Christian waiter’s responsibility as to the outcome of our preaching/teaching often hard to swallow Divine truths.  The Eternal outcome of our service as God’s waiters is, at all times, securely kept in the mind and will of our Sovereign Lord God Almighty.  His will is, and at all times shall, be done!  We preach/teach His truth – the Spirit of God alone quickens the elect souls or rejects those ordained to be reprobate in Salvation.

“But our God is in the Heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.”    (Psalm 115:3)

The Lord makes known His will/truth to us ‘His people’ – we make His will/truth known to all others with whom we come into daily contact.  This is ‘waiting’ in Christ’s service.

“Having made known unto us the mystery (new revealed truth) of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on the earth; even in Him (Christ): in Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.”  (Ephesians 1:9-11)

Verse 1. “Truly my soul waiteth (continuous verb. waits, and continues to wait) upon God.  The Psalmist David was a mere shepherd boy, but by the Sovereign will and grace of the Lord God Jehovah, he fought and slew the giant Goliath of Gath; subdued the Philistine enemies of God’s people; became king of Israel; and left us his ‘treasury’ of experiential and Holy Spirit-inspired truths we call The Book of Psalms.  By his vast experiences in life as God’s servant, you and I, as born-again Christians, are given much sound advice, guidance, and strength of faith with which we too might be waiters in Christ’s service.

Of the great literary work of Charles Haddon Spurgeon: The Treasury of David - Dr David Otis Fuller, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has this to say – “Are you looking for light in days of darkness?  You will find it here.  Are you looking for strength in times of despair?  Then pick your favourite Psalm, sit down for an hour or two and drink deeply from the well of Eternal truth always accessible to the thirsty soul.”  (Preface: The Treasury of David)

Thought: The Lord God saved you and I to be ‘waiters’ for Christ Jesus – may we continually persevere in offering the fresh bread of Gospel Scriptures to all who will hear with the heart and, by God’s Sovereign grace, find Eternal life.

4. Praying with God’s Promises. Psalm 61:6-8

Text: “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in Him was yea.  For ALL the promises of God in Him (Jesus Christ) are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”

2 Corinthians 1:19-20.

Good morning, promise-praying Christian!  Having repented from your vile sins and mine, and having received faith from God to believe and receive Christ Jesus as our own and personal Saviour, Redeemer, and Lord – ALL the promises of God are open for us to pray to our loving Father in Heaven; and All the promises of God, to us who are ‘in Him’, are met with the Father’s ‘Yea and Amen’ – Yes, my son/daughter, you can have My given promise; and, Amen so be it unto you according to My given promise, and at all times according to My own Sovereign will for you.’  Wow!  

What a thrill to be permitted of the Lord to pray His promises back to Him and to receive His promised Fatherly blessings!

“Wherefore come out from among them (the world, and the false professors), and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)

Verse 5. “Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear Thy Name.  If we suffer, it is the heritage of the saints; if we are persecuted, are in poverty or in temptation, all this is contained in the title-deeds of the heritage of the chosen.  Those we are to sup with we may well be content to dine with.  We have the same inheritance as the Firstborn Himself; what better is conceivable?  (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 269.)

Being God’s people, elected in Eternity by God the Father; saved in time by God the Son; sealed for Eternity by God the Holy Spirit, we are inheritors of ALL of the promises of Almighty Lord God Jehovah!  Hallelujah!  What a treasure trove to inspire our prayers!

“Teach me Thy way, O Lord; I will walk in Thy truth: unite my heart to fear Thy Name.  I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify Thy Name for evermore.”  (Psalm 86:11-12)

Fearing the Lord and praying God’s promises back to Him is a most powerful method of prayer.  What God has promised us, ‘His people’, He will do.

Jesus teaches us: “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My Name: ASK, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”  (John 16:24)

All those whom, by God’s free grace and the Blood of Christ Jesus alone, are born again of His Spirit – are defined by Scriptures as SAINTS.  Nothing to with Popery or man-manufactured ‘religion’, or being ‘beatified’ by Roman Catholic Popes or so-called Protestant Prelates – merely by being Spiritually regenerated by God Himself to be ‘His people’.  “...Ye must be born again!”  God the Spirit alone creates true ‘saints’.

“Saints are described as fearing the Name of God; they are reverent worshippers; they stand in awe of the Lord’s authority; they are afraid of offending Him; they feel their own nothingness in the sight of the Infinite One.  To share with such men, to be treated by God with the same favour as He metes out to them, is a matter for endless thanksgiving.  All the privileges of all the saints are also the privilege of each one.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 269)

Thus, ALL the promises of God can be prayed to the Lord God with authority from His Word.  Has not His Word taught us that, “...ALL the promises of God in Him (Jesus Christ) are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”?  

So, we ask ourselves, ‘Are we ‘...in Christ...’?  Yes, we are!  Then we conclude: All the promises of God are Amen – Yes, my child, you are Mine, therefore, Amen, so be it unto you.  What a cause for instant thanksgiving unto such a generous Lord God and Heavenly Father!  Glory to His Name!

Are YOU a genuine Christian this day, Reader?  If so, God’s written promises are available for you to claim from Him in an act of reverent prayer.

Mercy:  Do you find yourself in a position where you desperately need God’s mercy?

“For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the Covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.”  (Isaiah 54:10)

Help: Is your human strength almost gone, and you need Divine help to persevere?

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”  (Isaiah 41:10)

Opposition:  Are you facing intense and fierce opposition in your Christian life?

“Behold (Look, and fully understand!), all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.”  (Isaiah 41:10)

Bereaved:  Are you sat in a pit of sadness, grief, and personal bereavement at present?

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”  (John 14:18)

Peace:  Does your very soul and mind need personal peace to endure at present?

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.”  (John 14:27)

Dear Christian Reader, the Lord God Almighty has made Divine promises to you, and to me; promises that He MUST fulfil, or cease to be a true and Holy Lord God.  He has made us His promises because He is a Lord God of infinite love towards us, ‘His people’, who are bought back from sin by the infinite sufferings, death, and shed Blood of His only begotten Lamb, Jesus Christ.  To refuse us His promises, would be to dishonour His Son, Jesus – and that our Heavenly Father shall never do.  Thus, we may pray back the promises of the Lord. 

“Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”  (Jeremiah 33:3)

Verse 8.  “So will I sing praise unto Thy Name forever. There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings.  We ought not to leap in prayer and be limp in praise.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 269) Praise God for answered prayer!

Thought: To pray God’s promises back to Him in reverent, and worshipful prayer, we are authorised by the Lord to use - Psalm 61: A Precious Pearl of Prayer.  Amen.

3. Praying from Experience. Psalm 61:3-5

Text: “For Thou has been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”

Psalm 61:3.

Good morning sheltered Christian!  Amid all the storms and vicious circumstances of life; the Lord God Jehovah has been your refuge and mine.  In Christ Jesus, we are Eternally secure.  Let us give Him all the praise and all the thanksgiving of our hearts?  Hallelujah!

“With Christ in the vessel we can smile at the storm...as we go sailing Home.” (Chorus)

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  (Or Corona Virus?) ...Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us...” Nothing! “...shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)

‘NOTHING’ MEANS NOTHING! NOTHING SHALL SEPARATE US FROM CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD!

True Christians, born again of the Spirit of God, can pray most confidently, due to the fact that we are praying from past and present experience of God’s grace in our lives, and in the lives of ‘His people’.  Thanks be to the Lord it is so! 

“And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, and thou (Joseph) shalt call His Name JESUS: for He shall save HIS PEOPLE from their sins.”  (Matthew 1:21)

Please take note: The God-breathed, inspired, Scripture in question does NOT say that Jesus shall save ALL people from their sins – only ‘His people’; those whom the Lord God Almighty has preordained to save, from before the foundation of the world.  All others shall be totally, and Eternally, LOST.  (John 6:37)

Repentance, making a full 180% degree turn away from Satan, self, and sin, to a 180% degree following hard after Christ Jesus, and serving the Living Lord God, is only in God’s gifting to us to do so!  Unless the Lord grants us this gift of repentance, and faith to believe (trust) in the Atonement Sacrifice of Christ upon the Cross – sinners cannot ever be saved.

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive (physically fight and fuss); but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure (according to His Sovereign will) will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the Devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

“Jesus saith unto him, (Thomas) I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”  (John 14:6)

Repenting from our sins, and knowing Jesus in a Spiritually born-again experience, IS ‘...knowing the Truth...’ – as the Scriptures teach us clearly, ‘...the Word (Christ Jesus) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and TRUTH.”  (John 1:14)

If repentance, as defined above, is God’s gift to sinners, then we cannot be Eternally saved without this gift from God.  Similarly, FAITH, being the ‘...gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast...’ (Ephesians 2:8-10); it follows that without God’s gift of saving faith, no sinner can ever be Eternally saved.  The Lord God grants such Eternally vital gifts to ‘His people’ alone.  All others remain reprobate, rejected of God, and shall perish in a Christ-rejecter’s Hell forever. This is the Word of God.  God’s Word is His written will.  God’s will is always done.

“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”  (Luke 13:3;5)

Those who have been blessed with faith in Christ, and God’s gift of true repentance from sin, and Eternally saved – shall suffer persecution!  This persecution is a promise from God!

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus (all true Spiritually regenerated Christians) SHALL suffer persecution.”  (2 Timothy 3:12)

Furthermore, concerning the subject of ‘praying from experience’, having suffered many many bouts of personal persecution, slander, gossip, terrorist murder bids; terrorist death-threats, over the past 43 years of my experience as a born again Christian; and having been rejected, ridiculed, shunned, and deceitfully opposed by many others actually professing to be Christians, and ‘leaders of the church’ – my prayers are prayed with strong confidence, due to the vast experience with which I have been blessed while suffering under such hindrances and oppositions.  The Lord God always looks after, takes care, of ‘His people’.

Verse 3. “For Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. Experience is the nurse of faith.  Sweet is it beyond expression to remember the loving kindness of the Lord in our former days, for He is unchangeable and therefore will continue to guard us from all evil.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 269)

Verse 4. “I will abide in Thy tabernacle forever. Hewers of wood and drawers of water in the tents of Jehovah are more to be envied than the princes who riot in the pavilions of kings.  The best of all is that our residence with God is not for a limited period of time but for ages; yea, for ages of ages, for time and for Eternity: this is our highest and most heavenly privilege: I will abide in Thy tabernacle forever.  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 269)

Verse 4. “I will trust in the covert of Thy wings. Experience of past answers to our prayers, gives us more faithful confidence that the Lord will continue to bring us through all other trials and profound tribulations – even this deadly pestilence of global Corona Virus which is unleashed upon our disobedient nations worldwide as I write this Bible exposition (21/3/20).  Having been protected by God over the past 43 years, and 33 years before I was redeemed – I can pray now with more confidence that, the Lord not only hears my prayers, but answers them, often even before I can utter the words.  What a Saviour and Lord!

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”  (Isaiah 65:24) Our Lord God Jehovah, cares for ‘His people’.

Verse 5. “Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear Thy Name. Fearing the Lord God Jehovah, the Spiritually regenerated Christian should have nothing else to fear.  Come, the threat of poverty!  Come, the threatening of violent man!  Come, sword, or gun, or bomb, or dagger!  Come, the most deadly and contagious Corona Virus!  We, the followers of Christ Jesus, have absolutely NOTHING to fear.  If God’s will be perfect, then God’s perfect will be done! Glory to His gracious, Holy, loving, merciful and generous kindness!  Even so, Come Lord Jesus, the Spirit and the Bride say, Come!  Amen, so be it, Lord God.

Thought: If God be unchanging, the experience of past prayers answered by Him, should more than inspire our full confidence in all our daily prayers to Him now.  “...I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye...are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6) Glory!