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Rock or Not?

Psalm 31:1–6

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

1In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed: Deliver me in thy righteousness. 2Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: Be thou my strong rock, For an house of defense to save me. 3For thou art my rock and my fortress; Therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. 4Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: For thou art my strength. 5Into thine hand I commit my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. 6I have hated them that regard lying vanities: But I trust in the Lord.


Is he your rock or not?

I read the first verses of today’s Psalm and noticed what appears to be inconsistency. In verse 2, the psalmist speaks to his God, saying, “…Be thou my strong rock”. In the next verse, David declares, “For thou art my rock…”

“Be my rock…you are my rock.”

Which is it? Is he is, or is he not David’s rock?

To ask someone to be your rock asks for them to be your foundation, a stable source of strength to help you endure life’s storms.

Don’t you want to ask, “David, is he your rock or not?”

Charles Spurgeon explains how this is not inconsistent with the Christian faith.

“we may pray to enjoy in experience what we grasp by faith.”[1]

There are many life-changing truths held within this bald head that don’t always reach my heart. I know that my Lord is still present and faithful. I am confident that he never changes and is a source of strength in my weakness, yet in crisis, I forget. I know he is my rock, but I fail to lean upon him, so like the Spurge says, “I pray to enjoy in experience what I grasp by faith.”

The next time the winds of trouble come against me and the storm waters of life rise, I will ask myself, “Bald Believer, Is he your Rock or not?” I hope to pray for help that my heart grasps the truth my head holds.

How about you? Is he your Rock or Not?

My 2021 Bible Reading Plan

March 2, 2021

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 27-57 (Vol. 2, p. 58). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

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