Ps 62:1-12. To Jeduthun -- (See on Ps 39:1, title). The general tone of this Psalm is expressive of confidence in God. Occasion is taken to remind the wicked of their sin, their ruin, and their meanness.
1. waiteth -- literally, |is silent,| trusts submissively and confidently as a servant.
2. The titles applied to God often occur (Ps 9:9; 18:2).
be greatly moved -- (Ps 10:6). No injury shall be permanent, though devised by enemies.
3. Their destruction will come; as a tottering wall they already are feeble and failing.
bowing wall shall ye be -- better supply |are.| Some propose to apply these phrases to describe the condition of |a man| -- that is, the pious suffer: thus, |Will ye slay him,| &c.; but the other is a good sense.
4. his excellency -- or, elevation to which God had raised him (Ps 4:2). This they try to do by lies and duplicity (Ps 5:9).
5, 6. (Compare Ps 62:1, 2).
6. not be moved -- not at all; his confidence has increased.
7. rock of my strength -- or strongest support (Ps 7:10; 61:3).
8. pour out your heart -- give full expression to feeling (1Sa 1:15; Job 30:16; Ps 42:4).
ye people -- God's people.
9. No kind of men are reliable, compared with God (Isa 2:22; Jer 17:5).
altogether -- alike, one as the other (Ps 34:3).
10. Not only are oppression and robbery, which are wicked means of wealth, no grounds of boasting; but even wealth, increasing lawfully, ought not to engross the heart.
11. once; twice -- (as in Job 33:14; 40:5), are used to give emphasis to the sentiment. God's power is tempered by His mercy, which it also sustains.
12. for thou renderest -- literally, |that Thou renderest,| &c., connected with |I heard this,| as the phrase -- |that power,| &c. [Ps 62:11] -- teaching that by His power He can show both mercy and justice.