The Cleft Of The Rock

September 29, 2021
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Psalm 18:2 – The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (NIV)

I was watching an episode of the game show, Jeopardy, when Dr. Sanjay Gupta was the guest host. One question was about the famous hymn, "Rock of Ages", written by Augustus Toplady (1740-1778).

    Rock of ages, cleft for me,
    Let me hide myself in thee;
    Let the water and the blood
    From thy wounded side which flowed,
    Be of sin the double cure,
    Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Mention of the rock brought to mind a great hymn by Fanny Crosby (1820-1915).

    A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord,
    A wonderful Saviour to me.
    He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
    Where rivers of pleasure I see.

Regular television programming doesn't usually have such a strong spiritual emphasis. Perhaps the script writers realized that we are living in tumultuous times, particularly with the pandemic that is affecting everyone in all parts of the globe and in every walk of life in one way or another.

I also recalled the story of a painting depicting peace.

A tumultuous waterfall cascaded down a rocky precipice; viewers could almost feel its cold, penetrating spray. In addition, black clouds exploded with lightning from a storm that was lashing out in all its fury. But in the lower centre of the painting, there was a little bird that had found refuge in the cleft of the rock. Safe and secure in the midst of the turmoil of its surroundings, it rested content and undisturbed.

Perhaps, like me, you feel weak and helpless like the little bird in the middle of all the things that are happening today.

As I pondered this, I realized that the rock is symbolic of God Himself. God is omnipotent, and it is so reassuring, with the current turbulence surrounding us, to know that we have a rock in which we can safely hide.

I also know that I am not forced to stay in the safety of the rock. I am always amazed that while God gives us the opportunity to seek safety in Him by accepting the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, we always have the choice to accept or reject that gift.

Like the little bird in the picture, let us choose the safety of the rock. Every day, let's pray that God will keep us faithful and safe in the cleft of the rock!

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for Your provision for us. Help us to choose to follow Your plan for us and to share that good news with others. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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Vincent Walter <vwalter@bell.net>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Vince.


    Thank you, Vincent, very good devotion.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.


    Indeed Vincent – let us CHOOSE to stay in the cleft of the rock. God Bless you.


    Thanks. Vincent. This reminds me of the verse on psalms: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.


    Thank you so much for this peace-provoking devotional. I was thinking too, about a frozen waterfall. So quiet.


    Well done, Vince. God does offer us “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow ,” doesn’t He? Thanks for the reminder.


    Vincent,
    Another good devotional for our time. You are truly inspired. Thank you.


    So true where we would be without our rock. My prayer is that non-Christians would see this and come to the rock.


    You have painted the picture for ME today, Vincent and I find peace in reading your description and turning to my God with thanks for His goodness and safe keeping.


    Mr. Walter
    Thanks for your devotional today. Wonderful.
    Numbers 6 verses 24 to 26.


    God bless you Vince
    This is an encouraging message, like the little bird, we are blessed to have the refuge of Jesus, our Rock.


    Thanks, Vince, for your writing. I, like that little bird, hide in that crevice in the rock each day. My serenity prayer during this pandemic helps also. Good to hear from you Vince and keep well.


    Greetings Vince,
    Thank you for writing today’s devotional. Truly Jesus is our rock to get us through every circumstance in our daily lives. Blessings.


    Thank You. My thoughts are causing me – when I let them – some turmoil. What can one older person do about the anti-vaxxers, the whole sad past of the residential schools. Pray. Pray. Thank you for your devotional today.


    Walter,
    Thank you for this reminder that we can be safely nestled in God’s omnipotent and loving care if we choose to stand in the cleft of His protective embrace.
    Blessings to you on this day that He has made.


    Good morning Mr. Walter,
    I have been waiting all month for your devotion!
    You are an amazing writer; I wish you did more devotionals.
    I look forward to your stories as when you write I can imagine all you are saying or doing.
    Thank you for always taking the time to bring joy to my day!


    Good morning, Vincent
    As I read your devotion this morning, I could feel my soul begin to rest. The image of the bird in the cleft of the rock in the midst of the storm spoke deeply to me. As Christians we so often focus on being strong, standing against evil and living in the power of God. How refreshing to be reminded that we can also rest in God. We can hide and be safe in his loving arms. Your words brought comfort and deep inspiration to me. May God give you His blessing for today.


    Hi Vince,
    We need to spend perhaps more time than usual in the cleft of the rock as this virus goes through a 4th wave. Thank you for an excellent reading.
    I feel so sorry for young people and young families dealing with this stress and anxiety about what the future holds for them and our grandchildren, so spend much time in prayer and making meals to help our kids and taking toddlers to the park to give young mothers a break. Last winter we turned our garage into an outdoor Cafe out of which I served hot chocolate after winter outings and even served meals like chili.
    We ‘ll see what this winter brings.
    Stay safe and hope you and your family are all well during this pandemic.


    Dear brother in Christ.
    Having recently been diagnosed with cancer and waiting for the decision on course of action, I cried on reading this morning’s devotion, authored by you.
    I cried in gratitude to God for His timely message.
    I thank you for the voicing of them.
    I have been repeatedly amazed (although I should not be) at how God speaks to me through others, especially when I need it most.
    I praise and thank Him. He is the Rock on which I stand, firm and secure; even as He spreads His wings over me in protection.
    Thank you, and may God bless you and inspire you to write the messages He plants in your mind.
    (ON)


    Good morning, Vincent,
    It is so true that regular television programs do not have a strong spiritual note so when we recognize it, it stands out. I love your description of the painting with the little bird safely tucked away and protected and how you relate it to life with God and the protection he offers us if we believe.
    We all have times when we feel weak and helpless and then God inspires us with an idea of how we can support the people around us and make a difference. Your devotionals make a difference. Your presence in your retirement home makes a difference to others. Your willingness to share makes a difference. Your strong faith makes a difference. May you continue to feel inspired to encourage others. Wishing you a wonderful September day and many more. Blessings and peace.


    Thank you so much for this touching picture of the little bird sheltering from the thundering waterfall. The scriptures you chose are very helpful.
    Bless you for this DD! May God continue to inspire you through the reading of His word,
    (BC)

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