TFTW | I Shall Not Be Moved
October 23, 2012
“My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.” — Psalm 62:5-8 (NASB)
In my home are many rocks. They are used as borders or as landscape design for the garden. These rocks are of varying sizes. I have tried to shift them a little to do some cleaning, but find I have problem moving some. And some are just too heavy for me to move.
In the gospels, Jesus gave a fisherman, Simon, the name “Peter” (Petros) meaning rock. This man who became one of his disciples bore a name indicating strength. And he did demonstrate some strong points when he declared Jesus “Son of the living God”. But, he displayed more weaknesses in his life. He spoke of dying for Jesus, but when Jesus was arrested Peter denied ever knowing Him.
Despite his failures, Peter was the one Jesus commissioned to “feed His sheep”. That name given to Peter was only a reminder of who the real Rock would be.
The Psalmist in the midst of opposition declared God his “rock”. In those times of difficulty he sang, “My soul, wait in silence for God only…He only is my rock…My stronghold; I shall not be shaken…on God…my glory rests; The rock of my strength…Trust in Him at all times…God is a refuge for us.”
The real strength is God! In Scripture He is described as a place of refuge, guard tower or fortress. He is the one whom we can go to when things are not going well. He is our stability.
I am reminded of the words of a hymn: “On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand.” Because we stand on that rock, “All other ground is sinking sand.”
Whatever our problems, large or small I cannot be moved because, “My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”
What situation are you facing today in which you need the stability of a Rock? If you take refuge in God, He will shield you and strengthen you. Then you too can sing, “When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.”
Indeed, I shall not be moved because God is my Rock – and I will trust in Him always. He has promised not to fail me or forsake me.
Those garden rocks of mine will one day erode. But not my God! The Psalmist can “…trust in Him at all times.” I can trust in Him at all times! What about you? What evidence can you find, to show that you have put your trust in Him?
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.