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, my stronghold.
Storms can come up quickly upon the 1,695 square mile lake on the Minnesota/Canada border known as Lake of the Woods. At times, fishermen are too far from camp to make it back before the life-threatening weather hits. How do they survive in these situations? They often run their boats up on one of many rock islands and wait out the storm, anchored on the rock.
Have you ever been caught in a storm of life? Not just a weather storm, but a time when adversity comes upon you suddenly, like a black thundercloud rising on the horizon? When worries seem to be flooding you? When the trials of life flash before you like lightning and send you searching for shelter? How do you survive a storm like this?
Our Bible reading for today from Psalm 18 provides a solution: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” You see, in waves of worry, you have a solid rock to anchor on: A God who promises to be with you ALWAYS, to the very end of the age. In a flood of anxiety, you have his unchanging promise: In ALL THINGS he works for the good of those who love him. In the howling winds of pain and suffering, you have his unchanging guarantee: There is NOTHING that can separate you from his love! After all, he sent Jesus to prove it by giving up his life to save you from your sins and give you eternal life!
And because of those promises, you will be able to stand in every storm of life. Why? Because you can rest on your rock—your unchanging God.
Lord, when I face storms in my life, remind me to take refuge in you. Amen.