Psalm 144

The LORD my Rock

Notice the language David uses to describe God, and consider that he might have been taking refuge in the rock caves of En-Gedi at the time:

A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle– My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. (Psalm 144:1-2 NKJV)

At this time it may literally have felt that God was their only hope, the rock within which they were taking refuge. It was here that men gathered to David, many of whom had their own problems, so that David saw it as a miracle that these men were willingly subject to him as their leader.

And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men. (1 Samuel 22:2 KJV)

David may have been thinking about Moses who had a similar problem, stuck in the wilderness with argumentative and dissatisfied people. The word “Rock” (Hebrew tsuwr) that David uses for God is first used in the book of Exodus:

Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. (Exodus 17:6 KJV)

And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: (Exodus 33:21-22 KJV)

It was when Moses brought water out of the rock that the people were quieted (Deut 8:15) and in Deuteronomy 32, the Song of Moses, the whole song establishes God as the Rock:

Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deuteronomy 32:3-4 KJV)

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