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Rock of Ages!

abide under the shadow of the Almighty’ (Psalm 91:1 NKJV)

We do not know for a fact who wrote Psalm 91, although some people ascribe it to Moses, who also wrote Psalm 90; but, by the words used within it, we know it was someone who completely trusted the Lord, and had full faith in what God had said to them.

The writer further went on to say;

I will say to the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”.’ (Psalm 91:2 NIV).

We know from reading many different passages within the Bible, that God gave protection to the people who trusted him.

Abraham was a great man of faith, who trusted God with all his heart; he was to be the seed of a nation (Genesis 17:4). He trusted God when told to move his entire family; he became a nomad, living in tents (Genesis 12:1-3). He trusted God when told he would have a son (Genesis 15:4); he also trusted God implicitly when he was asked to sacrifice his son, his only son (Genesis 22:2).

Israel became a nation because of what Abraham had done with his life, and how he had trusted in the security of the word of God.

Daniel loved and trusted in God so much, that even though he and many others had been forcefully taken from the nation of Israel to Babylon; he still prayed to God three times every day (Daniel 6:10), even when the entire nation of Babylonia had been instructed to pray only to their ruler Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 6:1-9). Because of his faithfulness to God, he was thrown into a den of lions (Daniel 6:16), but had such faith in the security of God, he trusted that he would not be harmed, and he was not (Daniel 6:21-22).

Even though many Israelites had been taken to Babylon, Daniel never forgot God, and trusted him in all areas, praying to God regularly, he was secure in his faith, and it never wavered.

Joseph also completely trusted the word of God, as told to him through an angel (Matthew 1:20-21).

Paul who was originally called Saul; initially did not trust in what God had said, quite the opposite, ‘Saul was ravaging the church’ (Acts 8:3 ESV). God spoke to Saul (Acts 9:4) and he became blind after the encounter until a Christ follower called Ananias visited him (Acts 9:17-18).

Do stories like this inspire us to trust in the word of God and know that God will look after us?

Do we want to trust in the security that only God can give us?

If we trust in the word of God, then we can rest secure in the knowledge that he will protect us, that he is indeed our ‘rock and [my] fortress and [my] deliverer’ (Psalm 18:2).

The writers of the Psalms often comment upon the fact that God is our rock;

God was their rock’ (Psalm 78:35 ESV – Asaph).

I say to God my rock’ (Psalm 42:9 NIV – Sons of Korah).

‘For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock, except our God?’ (Psalm 18:31 NIV – David).

Blessed be the LORD, my rock’ (Psalm 144:1 NKJV – David).

declare that the LORD is upright, He is my rock’ (Psalm 92:15 NKJV).

‘My mighty rock, my refuge is God’ (Psalm 62:7 ESV – David).

God is indeed our rock and our refuge!

He is our rock because he did what we could never do; Ellis J Crum wrote it exactly as it is;

He paid a debt He did not owe 
I owed a debt I could not pay
’ 

He came to die for our sins, ‘obedient to death – even death on a cross’ (Philippians 2:8 NIV).

He came to this world, as a small baby, lived his life with his parents and siblings, and then as an adult, travelled around the local area and preached, until it was time for him to die for us. He is our refuge because when he died, he died for our sins, ‘Christ also suffered once for sins’ (1 Peter 3:18 NIV); he rose and conquered death (Mark 16:6), and now is seated at the right hand of God.

Now we can turn to him for anything.

So the question is;

Do we really know the security of God as our protector, our fortress and our rock?

Can we say as the song says;

When my heart is overwhelmed
I will look to You alone
God my rock
(Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche)

 You are my rock

When my heart is overwhelmed
I will look to You alone
God my rock, God my rock, God my rock

You will stand when others fall
You are faithful through it all
God my rock, God my rock, God my rock

In the blessing, in the pain
through it all You’ve never failed me
You are the strength of my heart
You are the strength of my heart
I can rely on You, I can rely on You
You are the joy of my life
You are my song in the night

There is no one as true
Jesus I trust in You

When I’ve struggled to believe
You have not let go of me
God my rock, God my rock, God my rock

Carried through the darkest storms
You have held me in Your arms
God my rock, God my rock, God my rock

God My Rock
(Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche)

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Father God, we thank you that you are indeed the rock of our life. We trust you to guide us through our life. We trust you that you will protect us in our troubles and that we can turn to you at all times in our life. Lord you are so good to us, help us to pass this goodness on to others that we may show your love through our lives.

Amen

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