The Rock

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How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. . . For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. Psalm 62:3-6 (ESV)
I’m no military strategist; but when you’re outnumbered, occupying the high ground and firing from behind big rocks seems like the smart battle tactic.  OK, so I got that from old western movies.
The psalmist David knew what it was to be hounded by armed forces much larger than his.  King Saul put a price on David’s head and led an army through the badlands of Israel against David’s rag-tag band of volunteers.  More than once David looked down on Saul’s superior army from rocky high ground and felt hopelessness that could only be calmed by the reminder that God had called him to lead Israel.  That experience serves as a backdrop to calling God “my Rock and my salvation, my fortress” in Psalm 62.  David described himself as a leaning wall or a tottering fence, a pushover.

Do you sometimes feel like that, outnumbered by people who’ve scoffed at your ideas or bullied you on social media?  Maybe ill health has left you feeling like a leaning fence, lacking the strength to stand up to the immediate future.  Have you felt that you are woefully inadequate, not smart enough or emotionally strong enough to cope with the responsibilities of parenting or the assignments at work?  Maybe, like David, you feel like you’re under siege, oppressed by financial forces beyond your control. Where do you go when you’re overwhelmed by life?

Like David, take to the high ground of God’s presence.  Get behind the Rock of your salvation and take a quiet breath.  Look past the pressures of the now and put your hope in the promises of your Savior.  Remember how he told you that nothing can separate you from his love, that he is with you always, that he’ll work even the hardest things out to your blessing in the end.  Pour out your fears, your hurts and frustrations to the God who invited you to find rest in him.  The sanctuary at First Immanuel is a place of refuge for your soul, but you can also create such a safe space in your home – a quiet place where you get away from the hectic pace of life and read your Bible, pray out the problems, and sense God’s fatherly arm around your shoulders.  He is the Rock of your salvation – now and forever.
PRAYER: Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.  Be my refuge when I’m at my wit’s end.  Be my strength when I can’t cope.  Lift from me the fears and doubts that seem so debilitating, and go with me into the challenges that lie ahead.  You are the Rock of my salvation.  My hope is in you.  Amen.

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