Week 32: The Rock of Our Salvation

Week 32: The Rock of our Salvation

Today’s Text: Psalms 93-95

Key Text: Psalm 95:1

“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”

The words roll off the tongue…

  • Come
  • Sing
  • Joy
  • Shout
  • Aloud

To what and to whom? The LORD – the ROCK of our SALVATION.

It’s the stuff hymns are made of.

It’s what praise bands get all worked up about these days.

The question is…

Is that all there is to it? Is it something we do, in a religiously formal way, a “responsive reading as in your bulletin” approach to God – nothing more – nothing less?

Or is it what defines our life at the core?

A relationship with the foundation of all there is – the Creator and Sustainer of all there is?

Can we honestly say, as has been said so eloquently, that it is in God that we “live, and move, and have our being?”

Can we affirm that we truly are restless until we rest in God?

I hope we can.

Otherwise, once the organ stops playing, the horns stop blaring, the guitar is silenced, and the PowerPoint presentation is turned off – we will all just go back to “business as usual” and be none the better for it.

On the other hand, when praise, and worship, and thanksgiving, and prayer are not just part of – but are at the core of life – there is nothing that can ultimately defeat us.

As the Apostle Paul would say,

“There is nothing,” – nothing – “that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Now that is something worth singing about.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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