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Why You Should Depend Only On God

Updated on July 8, 2020
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

Dependence: Definition

Dependence is the act of relying on someone or something. It is being controlled by what someone else wants for you. Some synonyms include reliance, vulnerability; and trust.

If you don't know who you should depend on, read Psalm 62 written by David. It is a powerful psalm that tells you exactly who to depend on with reasons why you should. The psalm is short with only 12 verses that are explained below.

The version of the Bible used in this article is the Good News Translation (GNT) even though most other versions have the same concept.

Segments of Psalm 62

Psalm 62 comes from a time of trouble in the psalmist's life, yet It is full of faith and trust with no fear, no despair, and no petition. David asks God for nothing for himself in this particular psalm. His psalms usually contain a prayer but not this one.

The psalm can be divided into several segments.

  1. David states his position (Psalm 62:1-2).
  2. David talks to his enemies (Psalm 62:3-4a).
  3. David tells what God will do (Psalm 62:5-7).
  4. David encourages others (Psalm 62:8-10).
  5. The psalmist mentions God's love and power (Psalm 62:11-12a).
  6. David makes a request for God to help others (Psalm 62:12b).

Psalm 62:1

"I wait patiently for God to save me; I depend on him alone."

David is emphatic about where his dependence lies. Therefore, he can wait patiently. He makes sure his enemies know his dependence is on God and God alone. He doesn't share his dependence with anyone. It is on God alone. David uses the word "alone" four times in this short psalm.

Too often we put our dependence on everybody except God when it is only God who can help us through every difficult situation.

Psalm 62:2

"He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated."

The psalmist uses the word "alone" again. He gives a list of things that God alone can do for him: protects, saves, defends and keeps him from being defeated.

While we wish our family and friends could be that dependent, they are not that reliable. Like David, rely on God!

Psalm 62:3-4

"How much longer will all of you attack someone who is no stronger than a broken-down fence? You only want to bring him down from his place of honor; you take pleasure in lies. You speak words of blessing, but in your heart you curse him."

In verses 3 and 4, David talks directly to his enemies. He tells them that they attack him to bring him down. They delight in telling lies about him. While they want him to believe they are speaking words of blessing, they are cursing him in their hearts.

Psalm 62:5-7

"I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he is my shelter."

The word "alone" appears twice again in the psalm making it a total of four times. David itemizes why he depends on God alone. God protects, saves, defends and never lets him be defeated. The psalmist depends on God for his salvation and honor. God is the psalmist's strong protector and his shelter.

Psalm 62:8

"Trust in God at all times, my people. Tell him all your troubles, for he is our refuge."

The psalmist turns from listing how much he depends on God to encouraging others to do the same. David suggests that God's people trust in God at all times. He also advises others to tell God all their troubles because God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:9

"Human beings are all like a puff of breath; great and small alike are worthless. Put them on the scales, and they weigh nothing; they are lighter than a mere breath."

David illustrates how weak and fragile human beings are. He uses "a puff of breath" to show how worthless some humans are. After all, a puff of breath weighs nothing whether it is great or small. In other words, humans are not reliable and cannot be depended on. However, God alone can be depended on!

Psalm 62:10

"Don't put your trust in violence; don't hope to gain anything by robbery; even if your riches increase, don't depend on them."

The psalmist doesn't beat around the bush. He comes right out and advises people not to put their trust in violence or their hope in robbery. He adds that if they get rich by those means, don't depend on them.

Psalm 62:11-12a

"More than once I have heard God say that power belongs to him and that his love is constant."

David relies on what he knows about God. He added that he has heard God say that power belongs to Him and that His love is constant. That means God never changes, and that is something to depend on.

Psalm 62:12b

"You yourself, O Lord, reward everyone according to their deeds."

The final verse of this powerful psalm is addressed to God. David requests that God Himself reward everyone according to their deeds.

Tip for Understanding the Psalms

Every psalm should be read, studied and interpreted verse by verse to get the real meaning of the psalm. Too often people read a psalm with haste instead of taking it verse by verse before moving on.

Once you outline a psalm as has been done above, you will be able to understand every verse and the psalm in its entirety.

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