the Rev. Henry Huenemann
And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; (2 Samuel 22:2).
Bible Reading2 Samuel 22:1-20:
We often read of a rock in the Bible. When we think of a rock, there are three thoughts that immediately suggest themselves.
First, the rock as a foundation or cornerstone. Only the house that is built upon the rock can withstand the floods and the storm. "The rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon the rock." This rock is none other than Jesus Christ, rejected indeed of the builders, but become the head of the corner.
Second, the rock as a refuge. "A man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shade of a great rock in a weary land." Thou hast been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm.
Jesus is a rock in a weary land.
A shelter in the time of storm.
Rock of ages cleft for me.
Let me hide myself in thee.
The third thought is that water flows from the rock to refresh the weary pilgrim. The children of Israel in the wilderness drank water out of the rock. Paul tells us, "They drank of the spiritual rock that followed them: and that rock was Christ."
In Christ all our needs are supplied.
O Lord, our God, when the storms of life overtake us, and the deep waters come upon us, may we be founded upon the Rock that can never be moved. May Jesus, the Rock of Ages, be our refuge from the stormy blast, a hiding place from the wind, and shade from the heat. In the wilderness of life through which we must pass may refreshing streams of living waters flow from the spiritual Rock, even Christ, to quench our thirst. May all our needs be supplied in and through him, until we reach the heavenly Canaan. In his Name we pray. Amen.
Scripture in Devotional: Matt. 7:25; Ps. 118:22; Isa. 32:2; 25:4; 1 Cor. 10:4.
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