by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

The Only Psalm
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Psalm 62:1, 5, 9

When you come face-to-face with problems that arise to block your progress, have you thought of turning to read about a man who had similar problems? David walked through the storms of life, and God gave to the world, through him, the hymnbook of the Bible. We know it as the Book of Psalms.
I'd like to focus now on Psalm 62, a great hymn and a majestic psalm. It bears a superscription that is part of Scripture. It is "To the Chief Musician," and that lends importance to it. It was not just an ordinary psalm of David, for when he composed it he sent it to the head musician. The chief musician at that time was Jeduthun, one of the three leaders of the singers. He was the choirmaster of that day. The three sons of Aaron and their families contributed these three song leaders who served in turn at the tabernacle.

David, a gifted musician, was responsible for the music of the tabernacle worship. He organized the choir and the orchestra that played the great hymns he composed. But I hasten to state, the music of David was not a product of genius. He was neither a Stephen Foster nor a George Gershwin. Stephen Foster wrote of a Kentucky Home, which he never knew, and of a Suwannee River, which he had never seen. The songs were the product of genius giving voice to dreams. David, on the other hand, wrote out of profound experience. Actually, the psalms he composed encompass his own life and set it to music. They are genuine and abiding. You would not find them making the Top 40. They would not receive a Tony Award, for they are not just ditties with catchy tunes. Their musical score was written in the blood of David. Psalm 62, which we are considering, is a striking example of this.

The Great Crisis

This song is the expression of the heart of David at the time of the greatest crisis that ever came in his life. In it you see the soul of David laid bare, and you can look into its depths as at no other time. ...

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