The Rock of Our Salvation
The Rock of Our Salvation
A “rock” is solid and strong. So, we’re familiar with sayings like, “He stood like a rock on his principles.” Our LORD is almighty in being solid and strong in all that He does and promises. Psalm 95:1-2 declares,
O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Psalm 95 goes on to mention many aspects of God’s greatness in all of creation — so that we don’t “forget” that He really is “the rock of our salvation”. The fact that God is “the rock of our salvation”, who can and should be trusted in any and every situation, is why Psalm 95 gives us a word of caution.
We are not to deny God’s truth, no matter how hard our trials and tribulations. Psalm 95:7-9 says,
Today, if you would hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,
When your fathers tested Me,
They tried Me, though they had seen My work.
“Meribah” means bitter quarreling. “Massah” means a trial to prove one’s faith. “Meribah” was the name of the place where Israel had no water, ( Exodus 17 ) so they bitterly quarreled with Moses and God — hardening their hearts against all that God had done in rescuing them from slavery in Egypt.
God was letting them go through this trial to prove their faith. They should have remembered God’s miracles in rescuing them from slavery and sung joyfully “to the rock of our salvation“. But, they didn’t. Their bitter quarreling attitude showed thanklessness and a lack of faith.
After all God had miraculously done for them, they didn’t trust Him. That made God angry.
Through all our trials we need to trust and “joyfully” praise our LORD with “thanksgiving”. He can be trusted to uphold us through all our trials and temptations.
As God cares for us through our trials, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, thank You for being our Rock in time of need.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.