He is my rock.
I love you, LORD, my strength.
2 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)
This is a continual theme throughout Scripture. The Lord is my rock. Christ is my rock. The church is built upon a rock. Jesus is the stone the builders rejected. He hides us in the cleft of the rock. We are living stones constructing the church. Jesus is the Cornerstone upon which the church is built. Jacob dreamed of angels ascending and descending the stairway to Heaven as He slept on a rock. What is it about a rock?
Buildings including the temple in the Bible were built of huge rocks. The cornerstone was a heavy, strong rock upon which the weight of the building was put upon. Jesus, our Cornerstone intends for us to lean on Him with our entire life and He is able, powerful and strong, to sustain us from all the pressures trying to break us. The Lord is my rock.
Rocks are not smooth to the touch. Silk they are not. When Jacob slept on a rock, He found God. How uncomfortable to sleep on a rock. Finding God and remaining in Him will require a great deal of discomfort. It is through suffering we remember that we are not God and we need Him desperately. He draws us out of ourselves that we will release those things that seem good but only destroy. The Lord is my rock.
Rocks such as these cannot be moved. God is not a genie in our pocket for us to carry wherever we wish. He is immovable, consistent, the same yesterday, today, and forever. We must remain in Him, in His Spirit, in His Word, in His way, in His calling. To be in Him is to be like Him in all our ways. The Lord is my rock.
Rocks are in a continual state of rest. The Bible teaches us that God seeks out everyone who needs strength. He cares for each person, all of creation, every creature, feeding the sparrows though they do not store up. Through His power, we keep breathing and thinking and living. All the stars in the Heavenly are suspended by His fingertips. Yet His power exceeds the task. In all of this, He rests. He does not struggle to maintain. He is more than able. The Lord is my rock.
Prayer: Lord, help me to lean in on You even in the most uncomfortable moments that I might be sustained by Your power and experience Your rest. Amen.