Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jesus Is Our Rock and Fortress

Are you safely hidden inside the walls of God's fortress; Jesus?

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. - Psalm 18:2

Some of you, who are old enough, might remember the Christian rock group Petra. In the late 1980s or 1990s, they had a song that was very simple, but very direct in its focus. Here are the lyrics:

I will call upon the Lord
Who is worthy to be praised
So shall I be saved from my enemies
The Lord liveth and blessed be the Rock
And let the God of my salvation be exalted
. – Petra from The Rock Cries Out (1989)

Both the song and the Psalmist point out a very simple truth that we need to keep in focus on a daily basis. Jesus is our rock and fortress. This past week, we looked at Jesus as our chief cornerstone which establishes strength to stand beneath us and helps align the walls of our spiritual house straight and true. Besides being our foundation, Jesus also surrounds us and gives us protection against the onslaught of the enemy.

The Psalmist speaks of destruction around him, something that many in our world have already seen and all of us can expect to see as the time of Jesus’ return draws closer. Here is a list of the destruction the Psalmist is referring to:

  • Pangs of death
  • Floods
  • Snares
  • Shaking of the earth
  • Devouring fire
  • Darkness
  • Hailstones
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Raging seas

Don’t be distracted, terrified or deceived, your only hope, as God’s judgment upon a sinful world unfolds with increasing intensity, is to be found in the fortress of the Lord and anchored to the Rock; Jesus.

Focus: Exalt the name of Jesus, anchor yourself upon the Rock of Salvation and hide yourself within His fortress.

 More: Psalm 18:1-24

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