Last year, we bought a new minivan while my daughters were away at summer camp.
We hauled all their luggage out to the parking lot on pickup day, and they stood there scanning the rows of vehicles wondering where in the world I parked.
Even when I opened the back door of our new van and told them to load up, they still didn’t understand. One of them asked if I had rented a van just to come pick them up.
It was quite the surprise.
But now that one surprise has destroyed my kids’ abilities to gauge how excited they should be for any of my surprises.
Sometimes, by “surprise” I just mean it’s National Doughnut Day and we’re going to Krispy Kreme for some hot doughnuts. That’s a wonderful treat—-unless you’re expecting something more along the lines of a new car…or Disney World…or something like that
This year when I picked my girls up from camp, my youngest daughter asked me if I’d bought a new car again while they were away? Or maybe a dog?
So, the ice cream cookie sandwiches I had actually bought didn’t quite measure up.
We’re not really a family that loves surprises of any kind. (Actually, I hate surprises. So, why should I expect my kids to love them?) But I am slowly learning that if we do have a surprise we should package it with some expectation boundaries.
Something like: Okay, we have a surprise for you. It’s not a Disney World surprise, more like a local, nice surprise that you haven’t tried before and also it’s not a puppy or a car.
We’re managing expectations with birthdays a bit, too. It goes like this:
Mom: What would you like to put on your birthday wish list?
Child: Well, there is one thing….
Mom: Something that isn’t a dog.
Child: Oh. Right. Well, how about a camera and some craft supplies?
Mom: I’ll write those down.
I’m getting better at expectation management and expectation clarity with my kids.
Today, though, I was thinking about how my kids can slip into expecting so much, but I seem to slip into expecting so little of God.
I read again today the account of Thomas the disciple, who needed to see Jesus’s scars in order to believe He was alive following t he crucifixion.
But there’s another moment with Thomas in the Gospels that I love. Before Jesus died, just as tensions were rising and the disciples sensed the growing enmity of the religious leaders, Jesus announced he was going to Judea again–right into the thick of the conflict and the trouble.
Lazarus had died, and Jesus intended to be with the family. The disciples didn’t understand why Jesus would put himself in danger, but we know why: His purpose was resurrection for the glory of God.
So, Thomas said to his fellow disciples: “Let’s go too so that we may die with him” (John 11:16 CSB).
I love how Thomas was ready to die for Jesus.
Beth Moore wrote,
“What a strange mix of loyalty and pessimism. Oddly enough, Thomas never doubted Christ would die. He doubted the most important part of all–that He would rise from the dead and live again!” (Living Beyond Yourself).
Thomas expected Jesus to die. He had no trouble expecting the worst.
But He didn’t expect Jesus’s resurrection.
Isn’t that me sometimes?
In a season of loss, I can begin to expect more loss. I expect to barely scrape through and survive the mess or the famine.
When there is bad news, I begin to expect more bad news. More sadness.
Like Thomas, I have no trouble expecting the worst, but I so rarely expect and anticipate the resurrection Christ brings and that is what needs to change. Instead of expecting the worst, can I learn to anticipate God’s glory?
I’m so deeply grateful that God is a God of abundance. he does so much more than meet my meager, miserly expectations.
I can never expect Jesus to give me everything I want or ask for. He loves me too much for that.
But I can expect this:
His goodness in all things.
His sweetness in the midst of the best and worst of times.
His presence with me at all times.
His resurrection work, making things new, making things beautiful, filling the things that seem so dead with new life.
This resurrection work is what He is doing now, and it will be His ultimate work in creation, building an eternal kingdom with no sin or death or pain, transforming all that is dead in this world into the perfection of eternal heaven.
Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” (Revelation 21:5 CSB).
WE REMEMBER THE LORD AND HIS COVENANT LOVE
- Exodus 20:8 ESV
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Deuteronomy 6:12 ESV
then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
- Deuteronomy 7:17-18 ESV
If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’ 18 you shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lordyour God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt,
- Deuteronomy 8:2 ESV
And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.
- 1 Chronicles 16:12 ESV
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
- 1 Chronicles 16:15 ESV
Remember his covenant forever,
the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
- Psalm 42:5-6 ESV
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation[a] 6 and my God.
My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
- Psalm 45:17 ESV
I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.
- Psalm 63:6 ESV
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
- Psalm 77:11 ESV
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
- Psalm 78:35 ESV
They remembered that God was their rock,
the Most High God their redeemer.
- Psalm 98:3 ESV
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
- Psalm 106:4 ESV
Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them,
- Psalm 111:4 ESV
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
- Psalm 119:55 ESV
I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
and keep your law.
- Psalm 136:23 ESV
It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
- Proverbs 10:7 ESV
The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
- Isaiah 46:9 ESV
remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
- Jonah 2:7 ESV
When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.
- Luke 22:19 ESV
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
- John 14:26 ESV
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
- 1 Corinthians 11:24 ESV
and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[a] you. Do this in remembrance of me.
- 2 Timothy 2:8 ESV
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel,
THE LORD REMEMBERS HIS PEOPLE AND HIS COVENANT WITH THEM
- Genesis 8:1 ESV
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.
- Exodus 2:23-25 ESV
During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
- Psalm 105:8 ESV
He remembers his covenant forever,
the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
- Psalm 111:5 ESV
He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
- Isaiah 40:15-16 ESV
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
16 Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
THE LORD CHOOSES TO FORGET OUR PAST SINS
- Psalm 25:6-7 ESV
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
- Psalm 79:8 ESV
Do not remember against us our former iniquities;[a]
let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
for we are brought very low.
- Isaiah 43:25-26 ESV
“I, I am he
who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
and I will not remember your sins.
- Isaiah 65:17 ESV
“For behold, I create new heavens
and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
or come into mind.
- Psalm 118:5 NLT
In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
and the Lord answered me and set me free.
- Psalm 119:45 NIV
I will walk about in freedom,
for I have sought out your precepts.
- Isaiah 61:1 NIV
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
- John 8:36 NASB
So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed
- Romans 6:22 NIV
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
- Romans 8:1-2 NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
- Romans 8:20-21 NIVFor the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
- 2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
- Galatians 5:1 NIV
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
- Galatians 5:13-14 NLT
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Ephesians 3:12 NIV
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
- 1 Peter 2:16 NIV
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
- 1 Chronicles 16:34 CSB
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.
- Ezra 3:11 CSB
They sang with praise and thanksgiving to the Lord: “For he is good; his faithful love to Israel endures forever.” Then all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s house had been laid.
- Psalm 25:8 CSB
The Lord is good and upright;
therefore he shows sinners the way.
- Psalm 27:13 NASB
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
- Psalm 31:19-20 CSB
How great is your goodness
that you have stored up for those who fear you
and accomplished in the sight of everyone
for those who take refuge in you.
20 You hide them in the protection of your presence;
you conceal them in a shelter
from human schemes,
from quarrelsome tongues.
- Psalm 34:8 CSB
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
How happy is the person who takes refuge in him!
- Psalm 100:5 NASB
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.
- Psalm 107:1 CSB
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.
- Psalm 119:68 CSB
You are good, and you do what is good;
teach me your statutes.
- Psalm 145:5-7 NASB
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
- Psalm 145:9 CSB
The Lord is good to everyone;
his compassion rests on all he has made.
- Nahum 1:7 CSB
The Lord is good,
a stronghold in a day of distress;
he cares for those who take refuge in him.
- Romans 2:4 CSB
Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience,not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
- 2 Peter 1:3 CSB
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
- 2 Samuel 22:7 ESV
“In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears
- Psalm 4:3 ESV
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
- Psalm 17:6 ESV
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my words.
- Psalm 18:6 ESV
In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
- Psalm 28:1-2, 6
To you, O Lord, I call;
my rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if you be silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,
when I cry to you for help,
when I lift up my hands
toward your most holy sanctuary….
Blessed be the Lord!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
- Psalm 34:17 ESV
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
- Psalm 54:2 ESV
O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.
- Psalm 61:5 ESV
For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
- Psalm 66:17-20 ESV
I cried to him with my mouth,
and high praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19 But truly God has listened;
he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me!
- Psalm 77:1 ESV
I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.
- Psalm 84:8 ESV
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
- Psalm 139:4 ESV
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
- Proverbs 15:29 ESV
The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
- John 9:31 ESV
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
- John 11:41-42 ESV
So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”
- 1 Peter 3:12 ESV
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
- 1 John 5:14 ESV
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
“I can’t serve anyone who isn’t sitting down.”
That’s what I say in my teacher’s voice when I’m dishing up snack to a group of kids.
Something about snack brings out the jittery excitement in most of us. We want to stand up to see what we’re having, what flavor, how much, is one serving bigger than the others and could we possibly have the biggest one?
Snack time protocols can be pretty basic, but we cover them almost every single time the goldfish crackers and apple juice come out:
Wash your hands. Sit in your seat. Wait quietly. No, you can’t have seconds until everyone else gets their first serving.
We’re just so eager.
I am so eager.
When I feel hungry… When I feel need… When I think that maybe provision will come and I wonder if I will get my share or if maybe I’ll be overlooked and remain empty. .. When I am anxious because I just don’t know and I feel like the answer won’t come.
That’s when I want to leap out of my seat and take some control. I want to make my need known, just in case God missed seeing it. I want to be sure He didn’t forget me or abandon me and He won’t leave me behind.
Maybe I even worry too often about getting my own “fair share,” too concerned with the sizes of others’ portions to be content with my own overflowing cup.
I read today an oh-so-familiar story, about how Jesus looked out over a hillside teeming with people. They had followed Him out when He sought rest. No one planned this extended teaching time. It just happened.
They looked for Jesus and when they found Him, He loved them enough to teach and teach and teach until the hour was late, and they were far from their homes. No one had packed any food except one little boy with a simple fish-and-bread lunch. (John 6:1-15)
This story reminds me that Jesus is able. That small numbers and meager circumstances cannot hinder Him from miraculous provision. I am reminded that He is an abundant, exponentially multiplying God, and that none of us could imagine in advance how He could feed over 5000 people with a boy’s packed lunch and still have baskets full of leftovers.
And this story reminds me to give Jesus what I have even though it could never ever be enough. I am the simple boy who can choose to offer what I have to Christ—meager as it is. I don’t selfishly hoard it. I don’t hide it away in embarrassment. I give it to Him because He is forever sufficient in my insufficiency.
But today, I read the story again and there is a new reminder.
In her book, “Living Beyond Yourself,” Beth Moore shares the step Jesus took that day on the hillside:
- He made them aware of their need.
- He took what little they had.
- He placed them in a posture to rest in His provision. He commanded them to “sit down” and fed only those who were “seated” (vv. 10-11)
- He gave them “immeasurably more” than they could “ask or imagine.” Eph. 3:20
This is the question I ask myself all day today:
How can I—in the midst of all of the everyday messes and the overwhelming worries—posture my heart in a place of rest?
Today, I struggled with a parenting decision, with a ministry decision, with a scheduling decision, with an organizing of my day decision and I was tangled up in my own need for clear answers, for assurances, and for provision.
My heart paces. I position myself to fix and control and make everything right all on my own limited strength.
Mostly, I fight this feeling of urgency, this pushiness I have to get answers now and see the results yesterday and have the blessings in hand already.
When can I see the abundance in place of the need?
But what if Jesus is poised with baskets in His hand, provision at the ready, abundance in waiting, and He simply asks that I sit?
Am I sitting down? Am I ready to receive?
The little boy with the lunch box gave everything over to Jesus, his tiny lunch, his small offering, but then he sat and waited to see what the Lord would do.
Oh, the sitting and the waiting, they don’t come naturally to me. So, I think it through today when the worries come—how can I sit in this situation, how can I posture myself to rest in Him, how can I wait and see what the Lord will do?
“Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him…” (Psalm 37:7a NASB)
- Job 14:7-9 ESV
“For there is hope for a tree,
if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease.
8 Though its root grow old in the earth,
and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put out branches like a young plant.
- Psalm 1:1-3 ESV
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
- Psalm 37:3-6 ESV
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
- Psalm 37:18-19 NIV
The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
- Psalm 72:16 NKJV
There will be an abundance of grain in the earth,
On the top of the mountains;
Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon;
And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
- Psalm 92:12-15 NKJV
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
- Proverbs 11:28 NKJV
He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
- Proverbs 14:11 NKJV
The house of the wicked will be overthrown,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
- Isaiah 35:1-2 ESV
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
2 it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
- Ezekiel 17:24 ESV
And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.”
- Zechariah 9:16-17 ESV
On that day the Lord their God will save them,
as the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown
they shall shine on his land.
17 For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!
Grain shall make the young men flourish,
and new wine the young women.
A little reminder from a few years ago when my “baby” girl was 7. A countdown to summer is on our minds again!
“Mom, I’m only about 9 years away from getting my driver’s license and when I do, Andrew will be 12.”
This is what my baby girl yelled up at me from the back of the minivan yesterday.
Yes, the baby girl who is celebrating her seventh birthday this morning is already calculating the countdown to her driver’s license.
Way to make your mom’s heart skip a few beats.
This week, while her older sisters were away at summer camp, she also calculated how long it might be before she got a job.
Then she decided she wants to head off to summer camp next year and counted off how many months it would be until she could register.
My Catherine is the queen of the countdown. She is forever calculating the time between now and the next dream-come-true.
On the first day of summer vacation, we presented my daughters with a wrapped gift. Inside, we included a picture frame displaying an image: Mickey Mouse ears with the words: “Days Until Disney: ___.”
Everyone was excited, but it’s my baby girl who became the official keeper of the countdown. She’s faithful and focused. Every morning, she pads out of her room still yawning and heads straight for the Mickey Mouse picture. She uses the dry erase marker to alter the numbers. One more day down. One less day to the dream-come-true.
This isn’t quite the same as my goal-setting older daughter, the girl who sets tasks and accomplishes them. My older girl is all about pushing herself to personal achievement. She makes schedules, checklists, and charts and sticks to them until she’s raced across another finish line.
But this is different. This isn’t self-discipline and it’s not about achieving or doing in any way.
My baby girl loves countdowns because they allow her to throw down anchors of hope in the midst of the everyday.
And she enjoys today completely because she knows that another good day is coming: The day when it’s her birthday. The day when she has that playdate with her dear friend. The day when we pack the minivan and head to Florida. The day when her sisters come home from summer camp.
They’re all good days and they’re all coming.
So, today she can relax, kick back her feet and enjoy it all. It’s all part of the journey from here to the promised land, and the view is just fine.
This is the natural inclination of her heart; she overflows with joy and she bubbles up with gratitude for all the gifts of every day.
Maybe it’s not the natural leaning in my own soul, but I take it to heart and I pray I can be more like this seven-year-old girl—this daughter who was so excited to spend a week of “alone time” while her big sisters were away at camp and who is equally excited to see them come home again. It’s all good with her.
I can learn, this too.
I can learn how to throw down anchors of hope in the middle of the beautiful, and the everyday, and the seemingly hopeless situations. All of them.
In Acts 27, Paul was headed on a ship to Rome that was caught in a tempest in the Adriatic Sea. The sailors and crew despaired and fretted.
Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight (Acts 27:29 ESV).
Stormy seas. Threatening rocks. The possibility of shipwreck. The appearance of disaster.
Surely we’ve all been there. Maybe we are there. Maybe we’ll be there someday.
And right in the middle of the season that seems forever or the situation that seems like it can’t possibly get better, not ever–right then is when we “drop anchor…and pray for daylight.”
Throw down the anchors, the truths we know that will clamp us to the rocky foundation of faith, and watch for God’s deliverance.
God is faithful.
He will not abandon us.
He has a plan.
He will be glorified.
He is sovereign and He is able.
Scripture tells us:
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain (Hebrews 6:19 ESV).
The Message paraphrase says it this way:
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God (Hebrews 6:18-20 MSG).
Grab on to hope with both of your hands and don’t let go.
That anchor that you toss down–that future promise, that assurance of deliverance–reaches right to the presence of God.
- Deuteronomy 32:4 CSB
The Rock—his work is perfect;
all his ways are just.
A faithful God, without bias,
he is righteous and true.
- Deuteronomy 32:31 CSB
But their “rock” is not like our Rock,
as even our enemies concede.
- 1 Samuel 2:2 CSB
There is no one holy like the Lord.
There is no one besides you!
And there is no rock like our God.
- 2 Samuel 22:2-3 CSB
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
3 my God, my rock where I seek refuge.
My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge,
and my Savior, you save me from violence.
- 2 Samuel 22:47 CSB
The Lord lives—blessed be my rock!
God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted.
- Psalm 18:1-3 CSB
The Lord is my rock,
my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock where I seek refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation,
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I was saved from my enemies.
- Psalm 18:31 CSB
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is a rock? Only our God.
- Psalm 18:46 CSB
The Lord lives—blessed be my rock!
The God of my salvation is exalted.
- Psalm 19:14 CSB
May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
- Psalm 28:1-2 CSB
Lord, I call to you;
my rock, do not be deaf to me.
If you remain silent to me,
I will be like those going down to the Pit.
2 Listen to the sound of my pleading
when I cry to you for help,
when I lift up my hands
toward your holy sanctuary.
- Psalm 31:2-4 CSB
Listen closely to me; rescue me quickly.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a mountain fortress to save me.
3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
you lead and guide me
for your name’s sake.
4 You will free me from the net
that is secretly set for me,
for you are my refuge.
- Psalm 62:5-8 CSB
Rest in God alone, my soul,
for my hope comes from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
My refuge is in God.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts before him.
God is our refuge.Selah
- Psalm 71:3 CSB
Be a rock of refuge for me,
where I can always go.
Give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and fortress.
- Psalm 89:26 CSB
He will call to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, the rock of my salvation.’
- Psalm 144:1-2 CSB
Blessed be the Lord, my rock
who trains my hands for battle
and my fingers for warfare.
2 He is my faithful love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in him;
he subdues my people[a] under me.