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Day Five – He is my Rock and Salvation!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Psalm 62:5-7

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;

my hope comes from him.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God;

he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Reflection:

This passage in Psalms speaks of a self that is formed by God alone, and the psalmist’s security, honor and salvation depend on no one else but the Lord alone. The following is a quote by Julian of Norwich, relating a life that is dependent solely upon the Lord for forgiveness and salvation - “With this bare word ‘sin’ our Lord brought to my mind the whole extent of all that is not good, and the shameful scorn and the utter humiliation that he bore for us in this life, and his dying, and all the pains and sufferings of all his creatures. He gave me insight into all these things, along with all pains that ever were and ever will be; and compared with these I realized that Christ’s passion was the greatest pain and went beyond them all. All this was shown in a flash, and quickly changed into comfort; for our good Lord did not want the soul to be afraid of this ugly sight. It is true that sin is the cause of all manner of suffering, but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.  These words were said very tenderly, with no suggestion that I or anyone who will be saved was being blamed.”

Response:

Our culture today offers many a respite from strife and hardships. There are plenty of ways available to escape from struggles and problems. But even the world admits and our own experience attests, that this doesn’t even make a dent to what is ultimately a deeper issue of longing for what it means to exist – to have true rest for our souls. Our salvation depends on God alone. Being saved and formed by Him completes our experience above and beyond what we are hungry for, because we are created by our Father to follow Him and do His will in true freedom and forgiveness. Let’s worship Him alone! Let’s praise Him for He alone is our salvation, our mighty rock and refuge. Hallelujah!

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