Day 12 of Lent, Psalm 18:
There are times hiking in Colorado with my family that one of the boys seems to be weighed down with something in his pockets– which is not good when you are on a long hike and already have trouble keeping up! We like rocks and collecting them along the way.
Each rock is a reminder of the trail, the hike, the different terrain and the time we had as a family.
We want to climb rocks.
We throw rocks
and skip rocks (one of my favorite things to with rocks as a kid with my dad).
Sometimes we stand on them,
and other times we rest on them.
Why do we love rocks?
They have an awesome,indestructible quality to them.
They have an ancient, enduring feel to them- weathering the storms and seasons.
There is so much variety and beauty to them.
Psalm 18 says:
“I love You, O Lord, my strength.”
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.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. 1-3
As for God, His was is blameless; the word of the Lord is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God, the God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless?
He makes me feet like hinds feet, and sets me upon my high places.
You enlarge my steps under me, and my feet have not slipped. vss. 30-33, 36
In Deuteronomy, Moses writes:
The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His way are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He. v.4
Isaiah reiterates in 26:3.4:
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.
Rocks- I like to put them in my garden to remember our times on the trail as a family, and as a remembrance of the One who is our Rock. He gives strength for each day and for each step I must take.
God is an everlasting Rock- to remember this, steadies my steps.