Name of God

YAHWEH TSURI

The LORD my Rock

After the birth of her first son, Samuel, when Hannah took him back to the temple and gave him over to God, she prayed, “There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.” The Lord himself echoed this declaration through the prophet Isaiah saying, “Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.” Hannah put her hope and trust in God alone; He was the foundation on which her faith was built.

David also clung to that same Rock and proclaimed, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my Saviour” (2Sam22). The Rock represents a place of safety, a place of shelter and a place of hiding. Throughout scripture we read of those who, mostly out of fear, flee to a cave, a place hewn out from a great rock.

When we are afraid, distressed or anxious we can run to The Rock and hide within the shelter of His keeping. It is a refuge to which we can continually go and where courage is restored. We can trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock (Isa26). And when courage and strength return, we can stand on that same Rock, our sure and firm foundation.

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Psalm 95:1

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