Sunday, 22 December 2019 02:15

The Lord is my Rock ⛰✝

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Have you ever watched a good house being built? One of the first things a contractor does is level out the ground and put in a strong foundation that the future building could withstand.

It is the base on which everything stands on. From there the structure begins to grow and grow till the roof, and upwards. Nobody builds a roof first and then build a foundation. What would a strong foundation do? A solid foundation will enable that house to stand for decades, withstanding the forces of nature. One can feel safe being inside a strong house, yeah ⛪

We need a solid foundation in our lives too, both personally and communally. What is the foundation — the rock — that our lives are built on? King David says:
(You are) my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. 2 Samuel 22:2b

David built his life on the rock and foundation of the Lord. His whole self was filled with God's Spirit. And he found refuge in times of fear as a result. It was this rock that saved David and the people of Israel from the hands of their enemies. Because of David's reliance on God, his kingdom is seen by later generations of Jesus as the ideal kingdom for Israel. ✡

We too can find the same refuge and saving grace. Starting today let's build our lives with the Lord as our foundation (Matthew 7:24-27). The next time we face life's battles — envy, grief, lust, even drugs or other addiction — let's not forget to stand on the rock — the rock of our salvation! In the face of all chaos, perhaps the stability and weightiness of rocks were exactly the picture David needed to assure himself of God's unchanging, stable love. If you got time, let's get this in detail... Otherwise, please jump to the last part, the hymn: Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me...

In-depth study...
First Samuel 2 records the song Hannah sang when she brought her son Samuel to serve the Lord at the Tabernacle, and 2 Samuel 22 records the song of David after the Lord helped him defeat his enemies (v. 1; Psalm 18). See how significant it is that two books full of burdens and bloodshed are bracketed by praise! Praise God at all times! No matter how dark the days or how painful our memories are, we can always praise the Lord. Our life and lips must be filled with the Lord's praises. 

In this song, David offered thanks to the Lord for the many victories He had given him and for the gracious way He had worked to bring him to the throne of whole Israel. As mentioned two days earlier, note that King Saul is not included among David’s enemies, for no matter what Saul did to him, David never treated Saul like an enemy. Here, we find the glorious message of this song of praise in 2 Samuel 22. 

The emphasis in this psalm is on what the Lord in His grace and mercy did for David. The Lord delivered David every time (vv. 22:1–19). “Deliver” is a key word in this song (vv. 1, 2, 18, 20, 44, 49). Before he became king, David was pursued by Saul and his army, and Saul tried to kill David at least five times. Maybe much more. After he became king, David had to wage war against the Philistines, the Ammonites, the Syrians, the Moabites, and the Edomites, and God enabled him to triumph over all his enemies each and every time. ⚔

David began by praising the Lord for who He is — a Rock, a Fortress, and a Deliverer (v. 20) — images that certainly came out of David’s years in the wilderness when he and his men hid in caves by the streams and natural fortresses. “God is my rock” (v. 3) can be translated as, “My rock-like God.” 

Hannah used it in her song (1 Samuel 2:2), and it’s found frequently in David's Psalms. A rock reminds us of strength and stability, that which is dependable and unchanging. No matter how David’s enemies tried to destroy him, he was always guided and protected by the Lord. God was a shield around him and a deliverer whenever there was danger.

Waves of death, floods of ungodly men, the hidden traps of death... all made David’s life difficult and dangerous. What do we normally do when we’re drowning in a flood of opposition? We call on the Lord and trust Him for the help we need (v. 7). David was a man of prayer who depended on the Lord for wisdom, strength, and deliverance, and the Lord never failed him.

Why did God wait all those years before delivering David and putting him on the throne? Yeah, the Lord was building himself a leader, and this could be done probably only by means of trial, suffering, disappointments and battle. But the Lord also had His own timetable and purpose, isn't it? We read... “when the fullness of the time had come” (Galatians 4:4), out of David’s family, the Messiah would come to the world. God alone delivers us through Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

There is no god like our God; no other name worthy of all our praise! On Christ the solid rock, I stand! May my lips praise the sounds of the Lord Almighty!

In God alone my soul finds rest; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2

♪♪ Rock of Ages, cleft for me, ♪♪
♪♪ let me hide myself in thee; ♪♪
♪♪ let the water and the blood, ♪♪
♪♪ from thy wounded side which flowed, ♪♪
♪♪ be of sin the double cure; ♪♪
♪♪ save from wrath and make me pure. ♪♪

♪♪ My hope is built on nothing less ♪♪
♪♪ Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; ♪♪
♪♪ On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; ♪♪

Be blessed.

- Bob, Bangalore! ʙᴏʙᴍ@ʏᴍᴀɪʟ.ᴄᴏᴍ

2 Samuel : 22 :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. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior.”

This chapter resembles Psalm 18. This gives the wonderful summary of David’s life.

He has known as “the son of Jesse”, “David the King”, “a man after God’s Own heart”, “the Sweet Psalmist of Israel”,a Shepherd, a Soldier, and a Sinner. But now David is nearing the end of his life.

A lot of things happened in David’s life.

From being a shepherd, he became the King.

He was not pure, he had a lot of faults and did many mistakes, crimes and sins.

God had saved him, secured him, strengthened him and secured him.

His life had been blessed and graced by Almighty God since the day God called him from following the sheep. That's why we see David is praising and bursting into song. This is a song thanking God for His wonderful blessings.

We have more than enough reason to praise God today and forever.

David uses the personal pronouns “my” for Ten times. This shows that the relationship he had with God was very personal.

David is saying, *“He is my God and I want to hold Him close to my heart!”*see
Do we have a personal zs2xßrelationship with God?
Can we look to God and say *MY …… with assurance of faith?

David experienced many difficulties, many failures, much distress in his life .

He was overwhelmed with grief and joy.

In verses 29-30; For you are my lamp, O LORD, and my God lightens my darkness. 30 For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.

David felt that with God on his side he could do anything..
With the Lord Jesus beside us today, no one can stand in our way. He will make us smarter, stronger, sharper and help you always be in the right place at the right time.  Trust in the Lord today for He is good.

Jooley Mathew

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