God: Our Rock, Hope, Security and Providence


Psalms 4:6-8—”There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.”

Just like David, we people (especially unbelievers) may want for good lives. David sought for God’s face to turn toward him in grace – for good in his life. But, what is the worldly folks meaning of ‘good’? No, they definitely do not mean righteousness; rather, an outward goodness, a goodness that is present which maybe partial goodness. They would most likely be seeking for good food, good drink, good job or good home. Of what good are these worth?

Many inquired after happiness, but David had found it. God’s favor is happiness. When God puts grace in our hearts, he puts gladness in our hearts. David realised that God put joy in him that bubbled more than the riches (food and drink) that made the unbelievers happy. A gracious soul wants the favor of the Lord and desires no more; they are satisfied with God’s loving-kindness.

Thus comforted, David pitied, but neither envied nor feared the most prosperous sinner. David was able to sleep in peace, free from guilt, because He depended on God and God was his rock – security and providence. He committed all his affairs to God, and was prepared to welcome His holy Will. But salvation is in Christ alone.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.