Bread – Rocks

May 2, 2016


Psalm 18

“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…For who is God, but the Lord?  And who is a rock, except our God? — …He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights….You gave me a wide place for my steps under me…The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation – “  Ps. 18:1-2, 31, 33, 36, 46

This excerpt from Psalm 18 clearly says that God is David’s rock [singular].  So why call this Bread rocks [plural]?

The reason is that, as I was contemplating God as my rock, different sized rocks came to mind – small, medium, and large.  Three sizes, three rocks.

The first size I thought about were tiny rocks, the size of pebbles.  The image I had was that one of me as a little boy, rolling pebbles over.  Under these pebbles would be moist soil and the little bugs and animals which thrive and hide in good soil.  We are like that so often.  The sun may come and dry up the soil and heat up the rock, but for those of us who seek shelter under them, there is water and shade and life.  But the other image I have is from camping, and in a dry, windswept place, there would be rocks.  And one time, when I sat down next to one about the size of my hand, just beside it, in the middle of literally nowhere, there was the green leaf and stalk of a young plant growing.  It was not under the rock where there would be no light and it would be crushed, but it was beside the rock, protected from the boiling sun and the whipping winds, making its way from childhood to adulthood.  And, again, isn’t that like us?  Little plants which can take root and grow in the shelter of a rock, but so weak that exposure apart from the rock will likely kill us.

The second size I thought about were the size of rocks you can hide behind, like boulders.  And the image which came to my mind then were the old television westerns, where someone would hide behind a rock in order to catch someone unawares as they went by.  But not only were these rocks a place where people could hide to cause harm, but they were also a place where the good guys to go and hide from the bad guys.  And so, just like in the movies, we as men can use God as a rock as either a place of hiding in wait, ready to spring our ambush upon unsuspecting passersby, or places of protection, of hiding from the evil in the world which would harm us.   Furthermore, we all knows from these same movies that bullets and arrows bounce off of rocks, so they make pretty good barriers between us and bad things.  This is the kind of rock which I think David had in mind when he said that God was his fortress, his place of refuge, his hiding place, his stronghold and his shield.  The rock the size of boulders.

But then there is the third size, the large ones.  The image I have there is the hiker who has climbed to the top of the mountain, who is standing on the flat surface of a rock, and who surveys the world beneath him or her with the attitude of a conqueror.  We have all seen the image – the silhouette of the man on top, pointing into the distance or hands of victory raised into the air, awash in his freedom and his accomplishment.  And the reason the victor can stand there is because he stands on solid rock and not sinking sand.  He may declare the victory but it is the rock which is victorious, because but for the rock there would be nothing to climb, no vistas to comprehend, no distance to observe, no opportunity to touch the sky.  For man to stand tall, his feet must be firmly set.  And so David says of God – “He…set me secure on the heights…You gave me a wide place for my steps under me…”

You know, whether a rock is small (pebble size), medium (boulder size) or large (mountain size), it is still a rock.

What size do you need your rock to be today?  Well, God is that size and more, because He is the rock.  On which all creation rests.  On which we stand, behind which we seek refuge, and in the shadow of which we live.

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© 2016 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

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