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The Lord JEHOVAH — The Rock of Ages

 

Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:4)

 

The triune Jehovah has made Christ, the God-man our Savior, Lord of all. There is no Lord but Christ, no sovereign but Christ. He declares, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). If all power is his, no one has any power but him!

 

Our Strength

In him is “everlasting strength,” the strength by which we live, the strength by which we believe, and the strength by which we serve our God. Blessed is that poor mortal who can say, “God is my strength” (2 Samuel 22:33). Blessed is that needy one who can say, “The Lord is my strength” (Psalm 28:7).

      Christ is all our righteousness and all our strength. He is strength. He has strength. And he gives strength to his own, strength for everything for which it is needed. He is the strength by which we endure, escape, and recover from all temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13). Christ Jesus is the strength by which we bear and profit from our afflictions (Isaiah 43:1-3). And our Master is the strength by which we are enabled to perform our duties (Philippians 4:13). In all things, his grace is sufficient for us. And his strength is “made perfect,” consummated and manifested in its perfection in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

 

Our Rock

The words, “everlasting strength,” in this text might be read, “the Rock of Ages.” — The Lord JEHOVAH is Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. And he is the Rock of Ages.

Š      The Rock in Whom we take Refuge (Proverbs 18:10)

Š      The Rock upon which We are Built (Ephesians 2:20)

Š      The Rock upon Whom we Build (Matthew 7:24-25)

Š      The Rock that Followed Israel (1 Corinthians 10:4)

Š      The Smitten Rock from which the Water of Life Flows to Sinners (Exodus 17:6)

      He who is our Rock is our Strength. And he is the Lord! God, the triune God, was in Christ reconciling the world of his elect unto himself (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Truly and joyfully, we sing with Moses in defiance of all the imaginary gods of men, “Their rock is not as our Rock” (Deuteronomy 32:31). Such a God as our God, the Rock of Ages, our Savior, is worthy of our implicit faith and confidence. Therefore, the prophet says to you and me, “Trust ye in the LORD forever.

On the Rock of Ages founded, safe retreat for souls oppressed!

Long in desert wilds I wandered. — Here, at last, I’ve found sweet rest!

On the Rock of Ages founded, ‘Mid the storms and wrecks of time,

On the Rock of Ages standing, Christ, the Lord JEHOVAH, is mine!

Rock of Ages, Rock of Ages, here secure, in Christ the Lamb!

Rock of Ages, Rock of Ages, here my house securely stands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Fortner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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