Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (NIV)
I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (MSG)
For it’s God’s Name I’m preaching – respond to the greatness of our God! The Rock: His works are perfect, and the way he works is fair and just; A God you can depend upon, no exceptions, a straight-arrow God.
“For I proclaim the name [and presence] of the Lord; Ascribe greatness and honor to our God! “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness without iniquity (injustice), Just and upright is He.”-AMPLIFIED
Deuteronomy 31 closes with these words, “Then Moses presented this whole song, while everyone in Israel was listening.” Deuteronomy 31:30 (VOICE) The song begins in Deuteronomy 32 and the majority of the chapter contains this song that Moses sang before the people. It was a song of testimony, as well as an admonition to the people to stay true to God, Most High; their Rock. There is mention of the greatness of God. There are reminders of the great things that God had done for them and there are also recognition of the times that the people had sorely failed God. Finally, there are predictions of God’s deliverance for the people of Israel and how He would faithfully bestow on them His promises.
This whole chapter is full of references to God as our “Rock”. See the following verses from the Voice Version:
* verse 4- “He’s the Rock, and His work is perfect; everything He does is right. He’s the God who can be trusted, who never does wrong because He’s righteous and upright.”
* verse 15- “But Jeshurun—my upright ones of Israel—got fat and kicked back—yes, you were fat and bloated and stuffed. He abandoned the God who made him and disdained the Rock of his salvation.”
* verse 18- “You ignored the Rock who bore you and forgot the God who gave birth to you.”
* verses 30-31- “How could one of their enemies pursue a thousand of them, and two of their enemies make ten thousand of them run away, Unless their Rock had abandoned them, unless the Eternal had handed them over? It’s not because their rock is anything like our Rock—even our enemies admit this!”
There are other Scriptures that refer to God as our Rock:
* Genesis 49:24-25 (MSG)- “But he held steady under fire, his bow firm, his arms limber, With the backing of the Champion of Jacob, the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel. The God of your father – may he help you! And may The Strong God – may he give you his blessings, Blessings tumbling out of the skies, blessings bursting up from the Earth – blessings of breasts and womb.”
* Psalm 18:2 (MSG) – “God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God – the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout.”
* 2 Samuel 22:2-3 (VOICE) – “The Eternal is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; He is my True God, my stronghold in whom I take refuge, My strong shield, my horn that calls forth rescue, my tall-walled tower and strong refuge, My savior from violence.”
* 2 Samuel 22:47 (VOICE) – “The Eternal One is alive! May my Rock be blessed; and the True God, the Rock of my deliverance be exalted.”
* Psalm 62:2(VOICE)- “He alone is my rock and my deliverance, my citadel high on the hill; I will not be shaken.”
Moses bears witness to the fact that God is his Rock and had always been there for him and the people. Jehovah was the bedrock under their feet; firm, constant, and perfect in every way. The Eternal One was their fortress and stronghold. When they were afraid or in need they could always run to Him and know that He would be there for them.
Have you taken advantage of the Rock lately? God will always be your shelter, safe-have, your strong-hold. All you need do is run to Him and you can know that you will be safe. “The Eternal is known to be like a sturdy watchtower; those who do right flee to Him for protection.” -Proverbs 18:10 (VOICE)
God, my Rock and my Salvation, I am trusting in you to be my all-in-all. You are my Rock and my Deliverance. You are my Bedrock under my feet. I will hold on to these promises that you have made to me. Help me to always remember where to turn to in every moment of my life. You alone are what I need to carry me through this life. Help me to be faithful to you, dear Lord.