Authored by Lou Geense
Read: Psalm 18:1-5; 16-19, 30-31.
V. 30 – He shields all who take refuge in him.
My first view of Mwanza, Tanzania, where we lived and worked for two years was early in the morning and it was the shoreline of Lake Victoria. The granite outcroppings were everywhere, and they were spectacular. Huge massive boulders perched high on top of smaller rocks, with small dwelling places scattered throughout. I often thought that if those boulders moved so many homes would be crushed. The boulders were at the time, however, providing shelter and a sense of security.
When we pray like the psalmist, “God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge,” we aren’t using an image of a small, polished rock that we can put in our pocket. We should envision rocks like the huge boulders around Lake Victoria. We are also not thinking of the rock as cold, hard, and unfeeling.
We are thinking of other characteristics, such as protection, shelter, and solid reliability. In the Bible, God has revealed himself to be faithful, dependable, and strong. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God has unparalleled majesty, power, and endurance. There is no one like him.
This is why, for any reason, even in the midst of a pandemic, we can hide ourselves in the cleft of our saviour, our protector, our God—our Rock—and he will provide shelter for us. He will keep us safe from the storm.
O God, our Rock, we turn to you and give you praise because you are strong and powerful. During these very uncertain days we hide ourselves in you and thank you for surrounding and protecting us. In your perfect name, Amen.