Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Be a Rock



In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.
You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your Name’s sake lead me and guide me.
—Psalm 31:1-3

A rock is seemingly a cold and unmoving image to use for the Divine. But I can stand on a rock to avoid being overwhelmed by the flood; I can duck behind a rock to avoid being seen, or in order not to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune; my soul can be hidden in the cleft of a rock for shade in the heat of injustice... So in reality, this is one of the most dynamic metaphors in the Bible.

My prayer today is an old hymn by R.A. Searles:

When mountains of doubt hem me in on each side,
and waves of affliction roll in like a tide;
when vainly I seek some new pathway to try,
oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.


When storms of deep trouble rage fiercely around,
when forebodings of ill in my spirit abound;
when the hopes of a lifetime are blighted and die,
oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.


The sun of prosperity brightly may shine,
and my heart round its treasures too closely may twine,
when my hopes are in danger of rising too high,
oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.


When nearing the shore of the river of death,
and the moments fly swiftly with each labored breath,
when losing my hold of each dear earthly tie,
oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.


Whatever my lot, be it wearily sad,
or actively busy, or joyously glad,
in each joy and sorrow, my God, be thou nigh—
oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
Amen.
—R.A. Searles

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