He is the Rock
Who do you trust? Your spouse? Your pastor? Your best friend? The government? Your neighbor? Your children? The police? Some of us can answer “yes” to each of these. Some can’t answer in the affirmative to any of them. Others of us will have a mix of responses, based on our experiences in life. Our lyrics tell us, “I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”
But, if I were to ask, “Do you trust God?” I would get a mixed response. There would be some who would state vehemently that they can’t trust God because He has disappointed them in some way.
Yet there will be others who, while they claim that they trust Him (because that’s the good Sunday School answer), will actually behave as if they don’t. For example, they will say they trust God, but would freak out if their child came home and said they were going on the mission field in a Muslim country. Others claim to trust, but are afraid to commit to tithing their income. For some, God is the last person they turn to in a crisis—at the end of the line after trying to handle it themselves or calling every friend in their contacts list that they think might help or advise them.
David says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up stand firm” (Psalms 20:7). This is a theme reinforced throughout the Psalms. We are entreated to trust God and not people or idols (Psalms 40:4; 118:8; 146:3); not might or power (44:6); not wealth (49:6; 62:10); and not ourselves (49:13).
David calls God by many names that indicate His steadfastness and trustworthiness, such as refuge, fortress, strong tower, and Rock. This name, Rock, is one that was used of God as far back as Genesis 49:24. Here Jacob was blessing his sons, and spoke of God as the Rock in terms of the life of his son, Joseph, saying that Joseph remained steady because of the Rock of Israel. Can we imagine how different things would have been for Joseph, for his family, even for the future of the world, if God had not been his Rock in the midst of all the adversity he faced?
Another stunning example of the use of the name, Rock, is from the lips of Hannah, as she prayed a prayer of thanksgiving and dedication over God’s gift of her son, Samuel, “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” This statement of confidence is from one who was sorely abused by a rival, one who bore the cultural shame of barrenness, and the misunderstanding of the High Priest, Eli, who mistook her extreme emotional distress as drunkenness, as she poured out her heart to God. This Rock exalted her over her enemy, vindicated her faith in Him by giving her not only a miracle child, but several others to fill her empty arms when she gave Samuel back to the Lord. Her Rock became his Rock, as he served as the last Judge of Israel.
One of the songs the pilgrims to Jerusalem would sing as they made their way up to the city for Passover is found in Psalm 125, “Those who trust the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.” And Isaiah says, “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord is the Rock eternal.” These are the words of those who have learned to trust Him, who have seen Him prove Himself time and time again to be that steady Rock, that firm foundation—unshakeable, forever.
As 1 Corinthians 10:4 tells us, that this Rock is Jesus. He is also called the Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6), the Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11). He is the Rock upon whom we are to build our lives so that the storms of this life will not wash us away (Luke 6:48). He is the Stone upon whom we are to trust so that we will never be put to shame (Romans 9:33). He is called the Living Stone (1 Peter 2:4)
the Precious Stone (1 Peter 2:4, 6, 7). These last verses say that this stone, this Rock, Jesus, is precious in two special ways:
1). He is chosen by God and precious to Him.
2). He is precious to those of us who believe.
We must grow in our understanding of how very, very precious and beloved Jesus is by the Father. To fail to grasp this truth is to stunt our own feelings of adoration of Him. And we need to fan the flames of our own sense of His preciousness to us—where would we be without our Rock? We would be on sinking sand for certain!
Rejoice! He is not only the Rock, He is OUR Rock!
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries