My Mighty Rock
I usually read a few Psalms before going to bed each night. Last night I happened to read Psalm 61 and 62. It didn’t take long to find a common denominator in these two psalms. In both David compares God to a rock. In Psalm 61 he says, “lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.” Vs. 2b-3) In Psalm 62 he writes, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” (vs. 1-2) In this second psalm David repeatedly uses this image. In v. 7 he says “My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”
The imagery of God as a rock is a meaningful one. Historically, high rocks have been viewed as places of refuge and even fortresses. One might climb a rock for safety when the flood waters rise. One might also find protection there from other dangers. These days we may have other places we turn to for safety in floods or times of danger but we still understand the idea. It is not hard to see how high rocks might be viewed as safe havens.
Nor is it hard to see how still today God might be compared to a rock. God brings stability to our lives. That is no small thing in the world in which we live! God also is someone we can turn to when the floods of life come our way or when we find ourselves in times of trouble. Martin Luther recognized. One of the hymns he wrote begins with the words, “A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing, our present help amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.”
I am very thankful to have the rocklike presence of God in my life. In God I find the refuge I need in times of trial or sorrow. In God I find a fortress or place of protection in life’s dangerous moments. In more ways than one I would be lost were it not for “the rock that is higher than I.” I happen to live in the mountains where there are a lot of high rocks. I’ve also been privileged to travel to several places and photograph amazing rock formations and towers. All of these serve as visual reminders to me of the true source of security and salvation in my life. All of these remind me of the “solid rock” upon which I stand.
For these reminders, and the many others presented to us in Creation, I offer my gratitude.
(I took the top image at Devils Tower National Monument, the middle image at Grand Teton National Park, and the bottom image at Yosemite National Park.)