Psalm 62:5-8 “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him…” only the Almighty God is our refuge, in him is our salvation; all power belongs to him.

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Only the Almighty God is our refuge, in him is our salvation; all power belongs to him. In his steadfast love, we cannot be shaken. In the silence of a heart surrendered, we find him Near.

Psalm 62
My Soul Waits for God Alone

A Psalm of David.

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

3 How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
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. Selah

5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

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

9 Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

11 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work.


2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have these treasures in earthen vessels so than the surpassing greatness will be of God and not of ourselves.” Commentary by David Guzik.


2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.

This amazing except is by David Guzik
(of Blue Letter Bible Commentors); the entirety can be found
on this link from Precept Austin

A Christian is like a tea bag—
not much good until it has gone through hot water!

M J Harris introduces these next 7 verses with the interesting comment that…

No person was ever more aware of the paradoxical nature of Christianity than Paul. And perhaps none of his Epistles contains more paradoxes than 2 Corinthians. With their numerous paradoxes, then, 2Co 4:7-12 are typical of this Epistle and of Paul’s style. 2Co 4:7 is the first paradox—the difference between the indescribable value of the gospel treasure and the apparent worthlessness of the gospel’s ministers (Gaebelein, F, Editor: Expositor’s Bible Commentary 6-Volume New Testament. Zondervan Publishing or computer version)

We have (echo) means to have or to possess. The present tense pictures this as their continual possession.

Alfred Plummer has an interesting observation on Paul’s repeated use of echo (to have, to possess)…

The Apostle again and again dwells upon the goodly possessions of the Christian, and especially of the Christian minister; confidence we have (2Co 3:4), having such hope (2Co 3:12), we have this ministry (2Co 4:1), we have this treasure (2Co 4:7), having the same spirit of faith (2Co 4:13), we have a building from God (2Co 5:1), possessing (having) all things (2Co 6:10), having these promises (2Co 7:1); and he often builds an argument upon these goodly possessions. (Ed: Every use of echo is in the present tense picturing the continuance, persistence and permanence of these possessions). (2 Corinthians 4:7 Commentary)

What is the “treasure”? In one of the most beautiful passages in all of Paul’s letters he has just explained that the treasure is the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2Co 4:6-note) (See John Piper’s wonderful summation = Chapter 4: God Is The Gospel – The Glory of Christ, the Image of God – goto page 54 in pdf) In a word the treasure is the creational, transforming power of the Gospel placed into followers of Christ pictured as lowly, even contemptible (as judged by what the world values) “jars of clay”. As discussed more below, this paradoxical association of human weakness with divine power, makes it abundantly clear from Whom the power originates and Who is to receive the glory for the display of that power! As the psalmist aptly stated centuries prior…

Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
but to Thy Name give glory
because of Thy lovingkindness,
because of Thy truth.
(Psalm 115:1-note)

“Let him who boasts (glories),
boast (glory) in the Lord.”
(1 Co 1:31)

David Guzik
David Guzik Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 Precept Austin

“Lord, Turn Us To Love One Another”…from LWillows

Lord, turn us to love.
Lead us to respond to the hearts of one another.
Let there be no boundaries or borders that hinder noble calling.
For we are formed together by you.

Help us to learn that when suffering affects the life of one of us,
it leans upon us all.
Lead us into a faith that surrounds everyone and everything
by Your generous Grace.
Teach us to be pressed by Love.
Release the Power of Your Spirit to motion courage that can
open our hearts to follow and walk with You.
Help us to act with compassion and behold life and one another
with eyes of tenderness that glorify You.

Lord, search our hearts.
Help us to be able and listening so that we hear you above all else.
Give us the humility to bend before you.
Break our pride and self-reliance that gathers in armies against you.
Bless us with confidence in Your sovereign mercy and Spirit indwelling.
Lead us to You, show us life in You as one Family.
Grant us the wisdom to regard ourselves as belonging, united and loved.

Turn us to love one another, to bear and enter the hearts of one another
by The Power of Your Son, Christ Jesus,
in Whose Name we pray…
for He Calls us to Love as Beloved, Saved, His Own and brought Home.


© 2018 Linda Willows, 2017 Linda Willows

“Take the Leap. Stretch your reach. Lift. By the Power of God whose Spirit is in You”…Photo-inspire from LWillows


“Lose Your Life and You Will Save It” from C.S. Lewis author of Mere Christianity…Romans 6:5-8

Lose Your Life and You Will Save It
Excerpted from Mere Christianity, Chapter 11, “The New Men”
C.S. Lewis
Topics: Christ-Likeness Self Knowledge Authenticity
Editor’s note:
In his wonderfully clear, entirely inimitable, and slyly witty way, C.S. Lewis calls us ever deeper into relationship with the Triune God in this excerpt that closes out Mere Christianity. Here he asks us to consider that we will only find our unique, irreplicable selves in Christ—and that the life we lose for his sake will only be the faint imitation of the “real, new” life we find in him.

—Renovaré Team Renovare

Excerpt from Mere Christianity
At the beginning I said there were Personalities in God. I will go further now. There are no real personalities anywhere else. Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self. Sameness is to be found most among the most “natural” men, not among those who surrender to Christ. How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.

But there must be a real giving up of the self. You must throw it away “blindly” so to speak. Christ will indeed give you a real personality: but you must not go to Him for the sake of that. As long as your own personality is what you are bothering about you are not going to Him at all.

The very first step is to try to forget about the self altogether. Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are
making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all
life from top to bottom.

Give up your self, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will
ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.

Excerpted from C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity”

Romans 6:5-8

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.