1 I wait quietly before God,
for my victory comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.
3 So many enemies against one man—
all of them trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.
4 They plan to topple me from my high position.
They delight in telling lies about me.
They praise me to my face
but curse me in their hearts.
How many times have you praised someone to their face yet talked about that same person behind their backs? I can easily turn that around and name people who have done that to me, but that is their cross to bear, not mine.
It really is easy to see the speck in someone else’s eye yet not the plank in my own. This is something I have worked really hard on. Seeing people through Jesus’ eyes. People who have hurt me are usually people that are hurting. Vice Versa as well. When I hurt inside, I hurt with my words.
That is not a justification, just a fact. One that I need to try hard and remedy.
5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
7 My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
8 O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
Wait. Hope. Salvation. Fortress. Refuge. Trust.
I struggle with the concept of hope and trust. Oh, and wait. I struggle with waiting.
It has been *so* impressed on me about my lack of trust. I cannot even begin to tell you how much that crimson thread is running in and out of my life. Again, a work in progress. As I fall more in love with Jesus, I know that trust will come.
He is my fortress, my refuge, and my strength.
9 Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind,
and the powerful are not what they appear to be.
If you weigh them on the scales,
together they are lighter than a breath of air.
10 Don’t make your living by extortion
or put your hope in stealing.
And if your wealth increases,
don’t make it the center of your life.
11 God has spoken plainly,
and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to you;
12 unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Surely you repay all people
according to what they have done.