Spurgeon on a Rock of Refuge

Be a rock of refuge for me,

a strong fortress to save me!

Our reliance on God in adversity is a principle method of glorifying Him. Active service is good, but the passive confidence of faith is not one jot less esteemed in God’s sight.

The words appear to embrace and fasten on the LORD with a confident grip of faith that is not to be relaxed. The personal pronouns lay hold on the LORD’s faithfulness. We need grace to have our hearts fixed in a firm belief in God! The figure of a rock and a fortress may be illustrated by the fortress of Gibraltar, often besieged by enemies but never wrested from its defenders. Ancient strongholds, though far from impregnable by modern warfare, were important in those remote ages. Fleeing to the mountains, feeble bands felt secure. Note the singular fact that David asked the LORD to be his rock, because He was his rock. Let us learn from it that we may pray to enjoy in experience what we grasp by faith. Faith is the foundation of prayer.

Charles H. Spurgeon, from The Treasury of David, Psalm 31:2.


5 thoughts on “Spurgeon on a Rock of Refuge

  1. To truly “be still and know that I am God,” (Psalm 4:10) commands more than to simply not speak, although that is never a bad place to start. As created beings possessing free will, this command invites us to silently, with reverence and awe, enter into the Sabbath rest of our Creator. And in that faithful rest we have no need to speak or perform. “Pleased as man with men to appear, Jesus our Immanuel here.”


      • Of course the issue of sin must be dealt with before we can come into the presence of God and we can only come into his presence by way of the Cross. I’m not talking about the silent awe of gazing upon creation and figuring “there must be ‘somebody’ behind all of this.” As His redeemed people, whose sins have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb, we have the option (choice, free will, . . . ) to obey or not, and obedience is always the best choice, even when the command is “Be still . . . “


      • Hi Marc, I see what your saying. Absolutely! We don’t have true, spiritual choices until we are born again in Christ. Thanks for clarifying what you meant. I do appreciate that.


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