Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 3, 2015

“Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 7.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“7 Now when the Philistines heard that the sons of Israel had gathered to Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel.  And when the sons of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.  8 Then the sons of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry to the Lord our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.”  9 Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it for a whole burnt offering to the Lord; and Samuel cried to the Lord for Israel and the Lord answered him.  10 Now Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, and the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel.  But the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day against the Philistines and confused them, so that they were routed before Israel.  11 The men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as below Beth-car.

12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”  13 So the Philistines were subdued and they did not come anymore within the border of Israel.  And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.  14 The cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath; and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines.  So there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.”  1 Samuel 7:7-14.

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In today’s Scripture, we read:  “…  But the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day against the Philistines and confused them, so that they were routed before Israel.”  Verse 10.

We are reminded of the following Scripture.

“The Lord thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice.
“And He sent out arrows, and scattered them,
Lightning, and routed them.”  2 Samuel 22:14-15.

What was the response of Samuel? 

“Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”  Verse 12.

We may not set up a stone and name it Ebenezer.  But, we can refer to our God as “the Rock of Our Salvation”.  
 
We delight to read such references in Scripture. 

“There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.”  1 Samuel 2:2.

“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?”  Psalm 18:31-32.

“He (King David) said,
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 and my refuge;
My savior, You save me from violence.”  2 Samuel 22:2-3.

“For who is God, besides the Lord?
And who is a rock, besides our God?
God is my strong fortress;
And He sets the blameless in His way.”   2 Samuel 22:32-33.

The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,”   2 Samuel 22:47.

“O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God
And a great King above all gods,”  Psalm 95:1-3.

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