The Lord is My Rock
In the news recently, there were images of severe flooding in several nations. People and cars were being washed away by strong currents in the water. It was a painful sight to see so many people being washed away and nothing could be done to save them. There was nothing for them to hold onto while they were being washed away to their deaths in the raging waters. How sad there was no one to deliver.
In Psalm 18:2, David sang, "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold," (NIV). David could sing that song because he was in the midst of a raging current in his life. King Saul and his army were pursuing him with the intent to kill him. David had to flee for his life. However, God protected him and King Saul never got a chance to lay a hand on him.
That is why David could sing in Psalm 124:2-8, "If it had not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us; then they would have quickly swallowed us up alive when their wrath was kindled against us. Then the waters would have overwhelmed us and swept us away; the torrent would have gone over us. Then the proud waters would have gone over us. Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth! We are like a bird escaped from the fowler's snare. The snare has been broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth," (NIV).
A rock denotes stability, strength and permanence. Jesus is our Rock. In Jesus we find our protection, provision, deliverance, healing, restoration, refreshment and strength. Just as God provided water from the rock for the Israelites in the wilderness, Jesus our Rock, also meets all of our needs. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 says, "For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the seas. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ," (NIV).
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus tells us to build our lives upon Him the Rock. Jesus is the Word of God and He promises that whoever hears His Word and puts them into practice will not be swept away by the raging streams and the howling winds from the storms of life. However, the person who refuses to build his house or his life upon the Rock of Jesus Christ, his home will be swept away by the winds and the raging waters of the storm.
Jesus promises that when the raging streams of fear comes, He is our Rock of peace. Psalm 55:22 says, "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you. He will never let the righteous be shaken." (NIV). Jesus promises that when the raging streams of lack comes, He is our Provider. Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus," (NIV).
Jesus promises that when the raging streams of sickness and disease comes, he is our Healer. Sometimes God heals us by taking us home to Himself. Psalm 103:2-3 says, "Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases," (NIV). Jesus promises that when the raging storm of trouble comes, He will fix the problem. Psalm 34:19 says, "the righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken," (NIV).
Psalm 16:8 says, "I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken," (NIV). The LORD Jesus is our Rock. Be a voice for the gospel and let the world know that there is a Rock they can hold onto in the storms and the raging waters of this life. Wear Scriptures!
- Dionne Cameron