1 Samuel reports that Saul searched for David every day to kill him. However, “God did not hand David over to him.” At one point Saul, in hot pursuit of David, was on one side of a mountain and David on the other. But a messenger reported to Saul that the Philistines had raided the land, so Saul broke off his pursuit of David and returned to engage the Philistines. Therefore, that place was called the rock of separation (1 Samuel 23).
As Christians, we live in enemy territory with an enemy out to steal, kill, and destroy. However, our Savior, Jesus Christ, is The Rock. “The Lord God says this, ‘Listen carefully, I am laying in Zion a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone for the [secure] foundation, firmly placed. He who believes [who trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone] will not be disturbed or give way [in sudden panic]” (Isaiah 28:16, AMP). The GNT translation reads, “Faith that is firm is also patient.”
“So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]” (Isaiah 26:4, AMPC).
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” … “There is no one holy like the Lord, There is no one besides You, There is no Rock like our God.”… “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?” (Psalm 18:2, NKJV; Psalm 18:31, NKJV; 1 Samuel 2:2, AMP).
“For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; my fortress and my defense, I will not be shaken or discouraged. On God my salvation and my glory rest; He is my rock of [unyielding] strength, my refuge is in God” (Psalm 62:5-7, AMP).
Thank You, Lord that You are my rock. Help me to rest in the rock of Your unchanging, steadfast love.
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