God Is a Rock for His People
“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God. The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.” (Psalm 18:30-31,46)
Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what Thou art.
I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.
Have you ever heard the song "Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting"? Like the psalmists in the Old Testament, we can sing songs about the heart of God. We can sing songs about His character traits and about His amazing works. What are some things about God's goodness and greatness that you would think of as good reasons to sing?
In the song "Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting," the writer is rejoicing that Jesus is Someone we can rest in, Someone whose loving heart is very great, Someone worthy of trust, and Someone Who gives joy. In King David's psalm quoted above (Psalm 18), he rejoices that God's way is perfect and that His Word has been tried (proven) to be steadfast. He describes God as a buckler (a safe place, a shelter, a fortress) for all who trust Him. More than once, David even calls the LORD a rock!
Do you know of anyone else like that? Anyone else whose ways are perfect? Anyone else who is a fortress for every single person who trusts in him? Anyone else who could be described as a rock? No one else is like that. Only God! That is why David says, "Who is God, save the LORD?" That means, "Who else could God possibly be, if He is not the LORD?"
People think different things are scary, and every child has his own set of fears. You might be afraid to get a shot at the doctor's office, or maybe visiting a nursing home is scary for you. Maybe caves (or things that live in caves) make you afraid. Maybe you do not even like to cross the street!
But King David is not very specific, is he, about what kinds of things God protects us from. Why doesn't David sing about God being a "buckler" in times of war or in times of illness? Well, he does get that specific in other songs, but these verses here are more broad and general. No matter what you need help with, whether it is a common thing or a rare thing, you can count on the God of the Bible. You can trust Him to be your help and fortress. He is a rock for all those who trust in Him. He is trustworthy. His ways are perfect, and His Word is proven. We can sing with David and Christian song-writers throughout the centuries that our God is that kind of God.
No one else is a rock and a fortress like our God.
» Am I resting in God as my rock?
» Do I trust the perfect ways and proven Word of God?
» Do I remind myself often and rejoice in the truth about God's goodness and greatness?
Truth In Real Life
Betsie ten Boom
“We must tell people how good God is. We can tell them how wonderful God is, and how His love will fill our lives, if only we will give up our hatred and bitterness.”
When people hear the last name of “ten Boom” they often think of Corrie ten Boom. When the Nazis invaded Holland during World War II, Corrie ten Boom and her family helped their Jewish friends by hiding them in their home. A name less well-known, and much less honored, is that of Corrie’s sister, Betsie.
The ten Booms were known for honoring God by loving their neighbors as themselves. It was this love for people that ended up costing them their freedom, their health, and – in the case of Betsie and several other relatives – even their lives.
On February 28, 1944, after the betraying words of a fellow Dutchman, the Nazi secret police invaded the ten Boom home and took the entire household prisoner. The ten Booms and the people they were hiding at the time were split up and sent to terrible concentration camps where they were starved and treated with humiliating cruelty every day. Already old and somewhat fragile, Mr. ten Boom died after spending just over a week in prison. Corrie and Betsie spent the next ten months in three different prison camps.
Every single day they were together, Betsie encouraged Corrie in the Lord.
Corrie ten Boom – one of the few survivors from her family – often said that it was because of her older sister, Betsie, that she was able to have the strength to share God’s love. Betsie would talk often about the prison guards or the men who beat them. But instead of cursing them, Betsie would say things like, “I feel sorry for them,” or, “May God forgive them.” And she meant it. Betsie loved her enemies.
Betsie ten Boom died only a few days before she would have been released. Her sister Corrie’s name might not have been so familiar to us today if Betsie had not been her spiritual helper and best friend. What kind of brother or sister are you? What kind of spiritual help are you to your friends? Do you share God’s love?
Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.