I apologize for being away. I’ve been doing some planning and some executing, and some adjusting, and have now stabilized… More or less. I hope things are good with everyone, wherever you are.
Today, I share to you a message which has me raving on how our blood-bought union with Christ just continues to amaze me. Apparently, our absolute union entails constant communion, and with constant communion, we are constantly refreshed, and not only refreshed, but encouraged and empowered.
This is beautiful, considering that before Christ, we were ‘vapors’ of no weight, no power, and no value. By our words we were as much a liability and threat to ourselves as much as we were to the rest of reality. All that changes because of the Rock of our salvation. Once we spoke death inward, now we speak life, and we are refreshed, the world is refreshed.
By Christ, we are the light of the world. We are the salt of the earth. We speak rivers of living water.
“Today my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.He only is my rock and salvation;He is my defense;I shall not be moved.I shall not be greatly moved.
How long will you attack a man?You shall be slain, all of you, like a leaning wall, and a tottering fence.They only consult to cast him down from his high position;they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly.”– Psalm 62:1-4
Christ is our Way, our Truth, and our Life. He is also our Rock, the Rock of our salvation. We are stable and defended by God, against the rebellious and deceitful attacks of the enemy. They are, among other things, unstable and insecure.
Confused, they confuse. Doubtful, they cast doubt. Their ways, though elaborate, are as flawed as their foundation is shaky.
‘They curse inwardly.’ The harm they do is as much, if not more to themselves than to their targets.
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my Rock and my Salvation;He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and glory;The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, you people;pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”– Psalm 62:5-8
I enjoy these words as they are: Indeed, there is much song and joy in taking in how our God defends and covers us. Not only are we protected, but we are completely safe in Him, in that we are stable, (as He is stable) and therefore, secure.
However, I am brought to remember another reference to a rock, especially as it is mentioned to “pour out your heart before Him”:
“Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together.Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; Thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.”– Numbers 20:8
For one thing, as we have Christ, and as Christ has us, so we have the Rock, and out of the Rock, out of our bellies shall flow streams of living water; water shall be brought out of the rock, “and give drink to the congregation”, and even their animals.
While the people are refreshed, so their animals (their livelihood, their supply?) shall also be given drink.
What I want to point out more here is that we can pour out our heart to God, and as we speak to the Rock, we receive living water. We pray, and we are refreshed.
But praise God for Christ! For by His death, we are reconciled, and by His life, we are saved – made into new creations! Once we were tombs – by Christ, we are now temples of the Holy Spirit, where the will of God is fulfilled: There is rejoicing, there is thanksgiving, but most of all, through Christ, our High Priest, whose work is finished, there is endless prayer, constant communion between created Man and his Creator.
There is prayer, there is water, and we are refreshed, we are restored, our thirst quenched, water covering everything, again, and again, and again…
“Surelymen of low degree are of vapor;men of high degree are a lie; if they are weighted on the scales,they are altogether lighter than vapor.
Do not trust in oppression, nor vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; for You render to each one according to his work.”– Psalm 62:9-12
Weight implies stability, and power. As Christ is our Rock, He has weight; an anchor for our souls. The Rock anchors us, so the waters do not trouble us. On the other hand, the winds and waves obey Him, and by His command the waters refresh us.
Power may be misused, and money misinterpreted… But degrees and titles hold no weight. No, we thank God, for by His grace and the power of his Spirit, we have Christ, the Rock of our Salvation, to whom belongs all power, mercy, and glory.
In Him we trust, in Him we hope. In Him do we pour out our hearts, in Him to we set our hearts.
And so we wait on Him. And as we wait, we shall not be moved. We shall be refreshed, and we shall rejoice.
Thank You, Jesus! Hosanna, blessed be the Rock of my Salvation.