Rock of Ages
by Matt Smith
I had been debating the idea of moving my ladder tree stand for awhile now and just the other Saturday I decided to finally do it. So Noah and I took down the stand from our back yard, disassembled it, loaded it up in the van, drove to a property I have permission to hunt on and carried the stand in to a tree that had caught my eye awhile ago as a good place for a tree stand. After re-assembling it and tying it off, I started to climb the ladder to attach the top of the stand to the tree via a ratchet strap. It was at that point that I realized I had a problem. The ground, which seems pretty solid when just walking on it, was very soft and once I started climbing the ladder it began to sink deep in to the ground. It was then that I realized the tree was next to a small spring causing the ground to be saturated and very soft. I had a problem because my foundation wasn’t solid and secure.
Our reading today reminds us of the importance of having that proper foundation. David says in Psalms 18:2, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” He later writes in vs 31, “or who is a rock but our God?” Just like my tree stand needed a solid foundation, David twice in this chapter calls God his rock. Think about why he would call God by this name. We are reminded about all the things that he faced in his life, namely running from Saul and later Absalom, not to mention all of the struggles and pressures of being a warrior and king. He certainly needed a solid foundation in his life, Someone he could run to and trust upon. Someone who he could call out to in time of trouble and find rest, peace and hope. Of course, he found that in God Himself. And in the pressures we face in this crazy, out-of control world, we too need to find our rest and security in God as well. Our God, our rock!