Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 10, 2017

“The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 44:1-8.

“But now listen, O Jacob, My servant,
And Israel, whom I have chosen:
Thus says the Lord who made you
And formed you from the womb, who will help you,
‘Do not fear, O Jacob My servant;
And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;
And they will spring up among the grass
Like poplars by streams of water.’
“This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’;
And that one will call on the name of Jacob;
And another will write on his hand, ‘Belonging to the Lord,’
And will name Israel’s name with honor.

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:

‘I am the first and I am the last,
And there is no God besides Me.
‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it;
Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
From the time that I established the ancient nation.
And let them declare to them the things that are coming
And the events that are going to take place.
‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses.
Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”  Isaiah 44:1-8.

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We eagerly meditate on the descriptive name of the LORD, the “Rock”, used in today’s Scripture which reveals His qualities.

“…   Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”  Verse 8.

We also see the LORD named and described as the “Rock” many other times 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.

He (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.

32 “For who is God, besides the Lord?
And who is a rock, besides our God?
33 “God is my strong fortress;
And He sets the blameless in His way.”  2 Samuel 22:32-33.  Very similar quote in Psalm 18:31-32.

The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,”  2 Samuel 22:47.  Very similar quote in Psalm 18:46.

“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.”  Psalm 18:1-2.

For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.”  Psalm 31:3-4.

“He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold;  I shall not be greatly shaken.”  Psalm 62:2.

My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold;  I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.  Selah.”  Psalm 62:5-8.

“Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come;
You have given commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.”  Psalm 71:3.

“He will cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.’”  Psalm 89:26.

“… He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”  Psalm 92:15.

“But the Lord has been my stronghold,
And my God the rock of my refuge.”  Psalm 94:22.

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
Who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn
And to the quarry from which you were dug.”  Isaiah 51:1.

and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them;  and the rock was Christ.”  1 Corinthians 10:4.

And yet, instead of trusting and resting on the everlasting Rock, other doctrine prefers to trust and rest at least partially on the works and the will of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts and rests wholly on the LORD, “the rock of our salvation”.  

“O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”  Psalm 95:1.

“Trust in the Lord forever,
For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.”  Isaiah 26:4.

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