“Power belongs to God.” (Psalm 62:11)
Psalm 62 begins with some of the most memorable lines in the psalms:
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)
The psalmist’s words express a deep dependence upon God. Many of us resonate with this dependence in our lives because, as we so often experience, there is no other person or thing that compares with God. There are many sources of strength in our lives, whether good friends, family or our own God-given capacities as people. However, each of us experience seasons when other people and our own resources run dry like a creek bed at the height of the summer’s heat.
God’s presence and power is not like that. We can wait upon God because He provides an unshakable refuge and salvation. He is not a peddler of petty charms, but the God who has created all the world by His mighty power and sustains it daily with His strength. When we pray, we are approaching the powerful God. Too many times, our prayer life aims at meager goals because we lose sight of God’s awesome power. The testimony of the psalmist is a reminder that, at the end of it all, God’s power is present in our world and lives: “Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God” (Psalm 62:11).
Creator God, who spoke all creation
into being by Your might word,
I approach You with awe and wonder,
both at who You are
and what You can do.
Raise my eyes to the heights of Your power
and enlarge my prayers with greater faith.
I seek You and the greater things
that come only from You,
not for my own glory and praise
but for the greater glory and praise
of Your Name.