Words from the Heart for Thursday April 20th, 2017
For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.
Psalm 31:3 (NKJV)
My Rock and Fortress
How do we describe this wonderful God we serve? If we say He is our “rock and fortress” we are speaking of the protection and guidance He can bring to us. Why do we ask Him to do this? It is for much more than for our own sake. Left to ourselves we could make so many mistakes under pressure. But, He has been our help and guarded us. We will not dishonour Him but can bring glory to His name.
Big Rock also known as either Okotoks Erratic or, by the Blackfoot, as Okotok is a 18,200-ton boulder that is about the size of a two-storey house and lies on the otherwise flat, relatively featureless, surface of the Canadian Prairies in Alberta. The people of the Blackfoot First Nation used Big Rock as a landmark for finding a crossing over the Sheep River (where the town of Okotoks stands today) long before European settlement. The town’s name, Okotoks, is derived from “o’kotok”, meaning “rock” in the Blackfoot language. The rock also contains native pictographs and was considered a medicine rock to the natives. In the 1970s the government declared it a Provincial Historic Site to protect its geological and cultural importance. James Hector, a geologist with the Palliser Expedition, first documented the rock in 1863.
There is a reason that in spite of two world wars in Europe, Switzerland remained untouched. It was more than just her neutrality – Belgium was neutral too at the beginning of the world war one until Germany marched in. Switzerland has mountains. Mountains have always represented safety, and this is certainly true Biblically. In Psalm 31:3 King David writes this: “For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.” David’s life had been a challenging one. As a young shepherd, he had fended off lions and bears with a slingshot and small stones. As a young man, he had fled to the caves of Ein Gedi to hide from King Saul who was pursuing him. He had built the city of David on the side of rocky Mount Moriah. Throughout his life he had trusted in the rocky places for safety. But he also recognized that his ultimate protection was not from anything physical, but from the Lord God of Israel Himself. While a physical rock was a great place to hide, and there wasn’t anything at the time that man had invented that could kill a person who was hidden in a rocky area, God was greater. Only He could both protect and guide. David had trusted the Lord to not only protect him, but give him the wisdom he needed as a leader. And He does the same for us today. Whatever you are facing, trust God to protect and to guide.
These have been words from the heart.