Week Fourteen, Day Five
What better word than "rock" to represent God's permanence, protection, and enduring faithfulness? When you pray to the Lord your Rock, you are praying to the God who can always be counted on. His purposes and plans remain firm throughout history. The New Testament identifies Jesus as the spiritual rock that accompanied the Israelites during their long journey through the desert. He is also the stone the builders rejected but that has become the cornerstone of God's church.
Praise be to the LORD my Rock,
who trains my hands for war
my fingers for battle. (Psalm 144:1)
PROMISES ASSOCIATED WITH GOD'S NAME
Perfect peace, rest, unshakable faith, salvation—these enduring promises belong to all who trust in God. These blessings come, not by wishing but by willing, by deciding to sink our roots into God, spending time in prayer, reading his Word, holding fast to his commandments, and yielding to his Spirit at work within us. Scripture tells us we are to live and move and have our being in the God who made us. When tragedy comes, as it inevitably will, and when the world around us begins to tremble and shake, as it inevitably will, we will not be shaken. Instead, the Lord who is the Rock eternal will be there, giving us rest and peace.
Promises in Scripture
You will keep in perfect peace him
whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:3-4)
My soul finds rest in God alone;
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)
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)
Continued Prayer and Praise
Find a way to commemorate what God has done for you. (1 Samuel 7:10)
Remember that Jesus was the spiritual rock that accompanied God's people in the desert. (Exodus 17:1-6; 1 Corinthians 10:1-5)
Begin to see yourself as a living stone with Christ as the cornerstone. (1 Peter 2:4-8)
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