Tuesday, April 15, 2008

solid rock

I'll be trying to incorporate more artworks from our various artists again - as long as they all keep me supplied with work! Today I'll catch up on a piece that's been hanging in the "Upper Room" at First Covenant, an acrylic painting by Ross Conklin.

This piece is titled "Solid Rock" and serves as an illustration for the common Biblical reference to God as our rock, the one steady constant in our lives. (You can click on the image to enlarge it.)

As Ross puts it, "The constant sea billows roll and pound as the Solid Rock stands fast. The rock represents God's strength as the rock of our salvation stands firm. The surging sea represents the push and pull of this world (the devil) who threatens to tear us down." Ross also shares a list of scriptural reference to God as our rock.

In Deuteronomy 32:4, "He is our rock. His works are perfect." In Second Samuel 22:2, "The Lord is my rock and fortress." King David repeatedly referred to God as his rock in difficult times. In Psalm 18:2, he says, "The Lord is my rock and fortress." Again in Psalm 19:14 he proclaims, "The Lord is my rock and redeemer." And once more in Psalm 61:2 he pleads, "as my heart grows faint; Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I." Isaiah also proclaims, "The Lord is my Rock eternal." (26:4) I'm sure that's not an exhaustive list of references to God as our rock, but I think it gets the message across. Need something solid in your life? God's your guy.

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