Words from the Heart for Monday June 20th, 2016
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2 (NIV)
The Rock, Fortress and Deliverer
A warrior depends on strong defenses – a fortress, a shield, a place of refuge from battle. When you feel weak, ask yourself: how is the Lord my defense? How has He protected me? How has He kept me from attack?
Mount Robson (3,954 m/12,972 ft) is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, but not the highest in British Columbia, since there are some higher mountains in the Coast Mountains and Saint Elias Mountains. However, Mount Robson is particularly impressive because it stands out on the continental divide towering over Yellowhead Pass, one of the lowest passes in the Canadian Rockies, and is close to the Yellowhead Highway. Its base is only 985 m above sea level, meaning it has a total vertical relief of 2,969 m or nearly 10,000 feet. In addition, it rises the 3 km to its summit in a distance of only 4 km from its base at Kinney Lake. Climbing Mount Robson is a challenge suitable for experienced and well-prepared mountaineers, and usually requires a week on the mountain.
The first time people get a glimpse of the Canadian Rockies, it usually takes their breath away. They are majestic and powerful and give a sense of rock solid stability. They are a picture of the stability that God the Creator offers in our lives. If He has the power to speak these mountains into being, surely there is nothing that can shake Him. The Psalmist recognized this about God and writes this in Psalm 18:2: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Israel is a nation of rocks and David built his fortress on Mount Zion, one of the strongest and most secure locations in Israel. It is even referred to in the book of 2 Samuel as the stronghold of Zion, a former Jebusite fortress that David conquered and where he built the City of David. So David knew something about rocks and fortresses and he knew that ultimately all physical strongholds would crumble. Only the Lord was the true rock, the immovable fortress and the One who would deliver him in times of spiritual and physical attack. In what are you putting your trust? Where do you look to get you through the battles and challenges of life? If you are trusting in anything or anyone other than the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no real security.
These have been words from the heart.