"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
In our travels, my husband and I have hiked through several caves. In the deepest areas, I always find myself mentally humming that old hymn, “Rock of Ages.”
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure.
This hymn of victory was written in 1776 by Augustus M. Toplady. Reverend Toplady, a preacher in Blagdon, was travelling along a gorge in the Mendip Hills in England, when he was caught in a sudden storm. He found shelter in a crevice in the gorge, and it is said he wrote the original lyrics on a playing card while waiting for the torrential rain to let up.
David wrote a similar song of victory in our memory verse for today, Psalm 18:2. For years, David had been on the run from King Saul and his army — and he often hid in the crevices of mountain rocks. But through it all, David always knew his secure, safe place was in the Lord.
We all know what it feels like to have the rug pulled out from under us. Where can we find solid footing?
Lord, I declare that You are my bedrock, the Rock upon which I will build my life. DIrect my steps so my feet will always be set on secure ground. (Prov. 16:9)
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