Brian Cole: 'Rock or Sand?'

Sunday, March 11, 2018 | by Brian Cole |


There are so many Psalms that I love, and Psalm 121 is one of them. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber…The LORD is your keeper…”

All of us experience loneliness, but I think there are many who allow these times of loneliness to control them and then they get into a depression, or start thinking about all the negativity and start wallowing in the loneliness. Been there myself many times, and just brought me deeper and deeper into the drugs, porn, cutting and eventually suicidal thoughts. 

These moments in our life can be a good thing and can lead to healing if we allow them to lead us to thoughts of God and prayer. It is good to be alone at times, and God is always there in the quiet waiting for us to come to Him. He is there when life is most fragile and broken: Psalm 34:18 – “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit.”

In this Psalm we see that God keeps us, protects us and preserves us! He is our firm foundation, the rock of our salvation. He wants and is close to the broken because He cannot use those who think they don’t need Him and can get through things on their own.

I love verse 3 where He says He will not allow our feet to be moved, and reminds me of when Habakkuk was reminded that God would make his feet like hind’s feet and make him walk on high hills (Hab. 3:19). What a great picture that reminds us we are meant to walk the high hills, not remain at the bottom, but that He will give us the means that, when we start slipping and falling we will be able to maintain and catch ourselves if we use the mean He gave us and depend on Him.

Adversity and troubles are ALWAYS going to be part of our lives. As seen in verse 1, the psalmist understands his need for help. He knows the difficulty and cries out for God to intervene! God does not promise we will never have problems; He does promise to be WITH us in our problems, and He assures us nothing can touch our souls and separate us from His love (Rom. 8:37-39).

I can say that from the day I was born and until this very day, all I have ever gone through and experienced, the LORD has preserved all of those experiences and He will continue to do so right into eternity! You can keep going to whatever it is you go to outside of Jesus Christ in times of crisis, but those things are all temporary solutions, which, most all of the time make matters even worse. Only Jesus Christ, who created you, named you, adopted you, and continues to sustain you can give you the comfort and rest you truly need. All else is sinking sand. Will you go to Him today?



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