Jehovah: My Rock



     Few things are as strong and durable as rock.  Granite, limestone, and marble anchor many a sturdy structure.  To illustrate the indestructability of the church, Jesus told Peter that He would build His church upon the bedrock of His deity (Matthew 16:16-18).  To contrast the difference between those who hear His word and do it with those who hear and do not do it, Jesus said that the wise man builds his house upon the rock, unlike the foolish man who builds on sand (Matthew 7:24-27).

     When David was facing the onslaught of the wicked—those who speak peace with their lips while evil was in their hearts—He cried out to Jehovah, his rock.  His passionate plea was: “To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: Do not be silent to me, lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.  Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.  Do not take me away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts.  Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve.  Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them and not build them up” (Psalm 28:1-5).

     The wisdom of David’s decision to make Jehovah his rock is seen immediately after his petition: “Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore, my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him” (Psalm 28:6-7).

     When Jehovah is your rock, He is a saving refuge who shepherds you and bears you up forever (Psalm 28:8-9).

     What a firm foundation for one’s life!

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