Isaiah 26:3-4

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. NIV

There is a praise song that I really like that I hear a lot and am called to sing these days.  I don’t know the name of it, and it doesn’t really have a chorus … it is sort of a long statement about the benefits of living with Christ.  But, in the middle of it are inserted the words and tune of a song I’ve known, it seems, all my life:  “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

I sang that song last weekend with a group of friends at a conference.  When I got to the solid rock part, I got a mental picture, so vivid, and one that I don’t remember having before.  I saw the rock and sand shifting all around it, and the ocean roiling around it, too.  Everything around the rock was chaotic motion, but, the rock was unmoved.

When I found this verse yesterday, I was again reminded of that image.  I love the promise of this verse.  God will keep my mind in perfect peace because I trust in Him.  I think that the use of the word “because” is purposeful here.  The verse doesn’t say “if,” it says “because.”  I must trust in the Lord forever, for He is the rock eternal. On that immovable rock is where I have built my life.  I must balance on that rock with my belief and my trust perfectly aligned.  And, because I trust Him, He will keep my mind in perfect peace, no matter what swirls around me.

I will think about that today.

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