Saturday, June 14, 2014

June 14, 2014 … Rock Solid

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 165

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please go the first video link to hear a description of The Old Man of the Mountains, the solid rock image cut in the mountains of New Hampshire, which became the image of the State but fell to a rock slide in 2003 … and then to this link  to hear a choir singing the old hymn, Rock of Ages reminding all believers that we can always rely on Jesus as THE ROCK upon Whom we can build our lives.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Psalms 34: 15 [NKJV] …  
15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Psalms 34: 15-22 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passages #1 1st Samuel, Chapter 21 [NKJV] … Go to this link … The story of David falling to deception to cover his human failure …

Reference Passages #2 1st Peter 2: 4-6 …  
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 
6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” [Isaiah 28: 16]

My Journal for Today: In today’s edition of Our Daily Bread the author tells the quaint story of the natural stone monument which became the emblem of the State of New Hampshire, the so-called "Man of the Mountains,” which fell to nature and the weather in 2003.  You can read the devotional account below: but the story is also recounted in the You Tube story, linked above.

ODB: ”It was a sad day in May 2003 when ‘The Old Man of the Mountain’ broke apart and slid down the mountainside. This 40-foot profile of an old man’s face, carved by nature in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, had long been an attraction to tourists, a solid presence for residents, and the official state emblem. … Some nearby residents were devastated when The Old Man fell. One woman said, “I grew up thinking that someone was watching over me. I feel a little less watched-over now.” 

That feeling of being watched over by something permanent and strong is the message of the old hymn, Rock of Ages, which is often played at funerals, because our Lord is THE ROCK of ages; and the One upon Whom we can build our lives as the “cornerstone” described in both the Old and New Testaments (see scripture above).

It’s hard for us when someone we rely upon – a steadying influence in our lives – fails and falls to weakness. The true story of the anointed King David, when, running from the then King, Saul, had to rely on deception and guile (see the 1st Samuel, Chapter 21 story) is an example of the weakness of all humanity. But, when we build our lives on “The Rock of Ages,” we can rely on the truth that we’ve built on the CORNERSTONE; and our lives can stand no matter what storms come against us.

Oh, how I pray that your life, as has mine, is built upon our Rock of Ages.

My Prayer for Today … Oh, my Lord, on You I build my life. … Amen

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