(James Smith, “The Incomparable Rock!” 1860) Play Audio! Download
“There is no Rock like our God!” 1 Samuel 2:2
As creatures, we all need . . .
an object of trust,
one on whom we can lean,
one in whom we can confide,
one to whom we may look for defense and safety.
Every creature has some object of dependence and trust; for without this, there would be recklessness or despair.
For some it is their wealth,
some of their talents,
their name or fame.
But the Christian’s rock is his God–that is, God in Christ. Yes, Jesus is . . .
the foundation of his hopes,
source of his strength,
anchor of his safety, and
fountain that supplies him!
“The Lord is my Rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my Savior!” 2 Samuel 22:2-3
Looking around at all others, he can say: “But their ‘rock’ is not like our Rock; even our enemies concede.” Deuteronomy 32:31
none so great,
so suited to meet all a sinner’s needs.
On this Rock we build for eternity!
We have no doubt that our immortal interests are safe;
and we run for safety and smile at the opposition of all our foes;
we hide, and are safe from the sword of divine justice, as well as the rage of infernal Hell;
take shelter and are uninjured by the windy storm and tempest;
look for all our supplies, and we are not, cannot be disappointed.
Beneath its shade, we enjoy peace and comfort!
In its cleft, we are safe forevermore!
How safe, how happy is the believer, having God for his ROCK; for . . .
he builds on a foundation that can never decay,
trusts in a stronghold that can never be taken,
hides in a refuge from which he can never be expelled!
“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!” 2 Samuel 22:47
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