The Lord is my Rock
2 Samuel 20-22
I read of more rebellion against King David, this time from a guy called Sheba. On route to get him, the commander of the Israeli army, Joab decided to kill Amasa, one of King David’s men, not sure why Joab needed to murder him. It wasn’t the only time Joab had murdered. In 2 Samuel 3 26 & 27, he killed Abner and he even killed Absalom when David had given orders to spare him, but justice does catch up with him.
Anyway, the Israeli army got to the city wall to lay siege, but a wise women intervened and asked Joab what they wanted. This wise woman advised her people to kill Sheba and threw his head over the wall. Joab and his army were satisfied and left the city in peace. This conversation with this wise woman and her advice to the people prevented a severe attack. We can learn from her, that if we take courage to speak out wisely, we could prevent disaster too.
In chapter 22, David’s praise song is recorded; David was quite the sing song writer and a very skilful musician. In his song, David expresses his gratitude to God for rescuing him and for showing him mercy. I love the first few verses, where David sees God as his Rock and refuge:
‘The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge, my saviour – from violent men you save me. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise and I am saved from my enemies’ (2 Samuel 22: 2-4)
And again in verses 47-49
‘The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock, my Saviour! Exalted be God, the Rock, and my Saviour!’
The Lord Jesus Christ describes himself as the Rock:
‘Don’t you remember reading this verse in Scriptures? The Rock the builders threw away became the cornerstone, the most honoured stone in the building! (Matthew 12:10)
Jesus referred to himself as the Rock thrown away by the builders. Although Jesus was rejected by the Jews, he has become the cornerstone of a new building; figuratively speaking and this is the church. The cornerstone was used as a base to make sure the other stones of the building were straight and level. In a similar way, Jesus’ life and teaching is the foundation of the church or the base of the church.