I have recently been a bit overwhelmed spiritually. I've been in the midst of fighting a battle that is much, much bigger than I am. As I begin to look at my own strength, I realize that I can't handle it on my own. Isn't that exactly where God wants us? As I was looking through our "website views" this past week, I saw something very interesting. An old blog had been viewed many, many times over the past few days. I thought, perhaps, I (and maybe you) needed to be reminded of this simple truth.
The Rock Of My Salvation
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries (Dec. 28, 2009)
I know that 2009 has been a hard year for many of us. Psalm 62 is a scripture we can turn to in times of difficulty.
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” This is what Psalm 62:5-7 says.
David, the writer of this psalm, is able to move beyond his possible feelings of bitterness because of what he is suffering and express a trust in God that is like no other. He encourages us that if we lose everything, we still have the only thing we need, our rock of salvation. I want to dive a little deeper into this scripture. “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.”
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of rockis, “foundation, support.” Another definition says rock is defined as, “a firm foundation or support.” And Vine’s Concise Dictionary says, “Rock is frequently used to picture God’s support and defense of His people.” We see the word rock referring to a strong foundation and support over and over. It is an amazing word picture that signifies stability and a strong mainstay. Yet, this word also signifies God is a support that not only gives us a foundation, but also a defense.
A few more scriptures. Isaiah 26:4 says, “Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 44:8, in the King James Version, says, “Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have I told thee from that time, and have declared it? Ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is not God; I know not any.” And Habakkuk 1:12, also in the King James Version, says, “Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.”
Each of these scriptures shares the same original Hebrew word, which is translated as the word rock. Yet, in all three of these scriptures, a different word than rock is used. Notice in the first scripture the word we see is strength. In this scripture we find that our rock is not just strength alone, but an everlasting strength. We see that our God is a strength that is forever and ever without end. Look at this second scripture; there is no need to mince words here–the word translates simply into God. God refers to Himself as the Rock. And finally, we see the word translated as mighty God. Our rock is strength, mighty, and He is God.
So let’s read David’s words one more time. “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” What does that mean for us in our daily lives? When the world around us seems to be crumbling, when things appear to be shaken, we must put our hope in the Lord. It is in the times when we feel like we have no strength left, that we can put our strength in Him. It is in these times that we can turn to our true foundation, the rock of our salvation.
God may not remove us from our darkest valleys, but He certainly will walk us through our darkest valleys. He is our protector and comforter. He is your comforter and protector. He loves you. We can trust H im through the good times and the bad.
Notice that David, in verse five, actually speaks to his own soul. “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” That is what we must do at times, have a little talk with our souls and say, “Don’t give up, wait on God!” The wilderness times in our lives are not fun. They are dark, and they are painful. But Jesus can use these times to draw us closer to Him. God can use these painful moments in our lives to strip everything away and give us the opportunity to rely solely on Him. If we have nothing else, we can turn to our true hope, Jesus Christ.
When our world seems to be falling apart and it seems we will not be able to stand on our own, we can be assured that we have a firm foundation in Christ. God, our rock, is such a secure support that He holds on so tightly to us when we put our trust in Him that we will not be shaken; we will not be moved.
Yet, David goes even further. He does not stop at the fact that we can trust in God through the difficult times, but he continues by adding that God will be our defense in those times. In Habakkuk 3:19, the Amplified version says this about our God, “The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!” That is who our God is. He is our personal bravery and our invincible army! He is our defense in times of trouble. It does not matter what we are struggling with; God is our rock!
“The rock of my salvation.” God is our rock. Think about what that really means. I have had my share of struggles in which it appeared my only response should be to give up. What I did instead was to trust that God had a plan for my life and wanted the best for me. I have had times in my life when I had to trust that He would come to my defense when no one else would. I had to trust that He would be my firm foundation. I had to trust that he would He my rock.
I am reminded that through the good times and the bad Jesus has been my foundation. He has yet to completely lift me out of the dark circumstances in my life; however, He has never left me alone in those trials. He continues to walk me through the valleys. Not around, not over, but through.
Through this psalm of trust, we see a clearer understanding of what “the rock of my salvation” really means for each and every one of us. God is our rock. Our Rock is a firm foundation, an unmovable support under our unsteady feet. This is what God does for us. He takes the most difficult times in our lives and holds on tight. When we look to Him as our support and strength, He becomes a solid base on which we can stand. He becomes our invincible army. What more do we need than a rock like this?
Through Psalm 62, David teaches us about trust and encourages us to put our faith in a God who is a refuge for us. A God who loves us. A God who desperately loves you.
It is in the tough times in our lives that we must be willing to give up some of the control and put our hope and our trust solely in Him. Allow Him to be a refuge for you and the rock of your salvation.