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19th September 2023

Rock of Ages

The Lord has been my defence, And my God the rock of my refuge.

Psalm 94:22.

Some years ago, I was walking along the shoreline of Lock Lomond in Scotland. As I approached a pile of boulders, I noticed a small alcove between the rocks and observed that a tiny plant had taken root there. The plant appeared to be absorbing the right amount of sunlight and water, and it was also getting something else: protection.

The plant’s secure habitat reminded me of these familiar hymn lyrics: “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.” Those words express what many of us want when we encounter people with evil intentions; people characterised by pride, cruelty, and a lack of regard for God (Ps 94:4-7). When we are the target of someone’s wrongdoing, we can remember the testimony of the psalmist: “The Lord has been my defence, and my God the rock of my refuge” (v 22).

As our rock, God is dependable and strong. As our refuge, He can provide safety until problems pass. The psalmist reminds us: “Under His wings you shall take refuge” (Ps 91:4). With God as our defender, we do not have to fear what others will do. We can trust that God will support us when trouble comes.

Bible Reading

Psalm 59:3-23.


Thank You, Father God, for Your stable and unchanging nature. Help me to hide myself in You when trouble comes our way. Remind me daily that You are my refuge, the Rock of Ages. Amen.



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