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My Rock

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken … My victory and honor come from God alone…” (Ps. 62:1-7, NLT) As a warrior, David’s life was in frequent danger. In writing the words above, he indicates an awareness that he needs more strength in the face of adversity than he could provide in his own ability. His faith in God played a central role in the challenges he faced. Many years later another warrior, Gen. Douglas McArthur wrote these words, “No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain [a soldier].” As we have just celebrated Veterans Day, and thank you to all of you who have served in our nation’s military, we would do well to learn from those who have gone before us. In the midst of enormous hardships, we find people willing to lay down their lives; people capable of amazing generosity and self-sacrifice. But it is always the case that such behavior stems from a belief that what he or she is doing truly matters. To matter, a thing must be connected to something bigger than self. Thus David’s words and Gen. McArthur’s words. When our orientation is Godward, especially under duress, we gain peace. In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” That peace echoes from David’s life through the words of Psalm 62. It is available to us all. “Do not let your hearts be troubled …” God “alone is my rock … my fortress where I will never be shaken …” This is how we raise the bar on our discipleship.

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