Seven Active Names: 3. Yahweh Tsuri (יהוה צורי) The LORD is My Rock
This is an oft-repeated name for God, especially in the books of the prophets and in Psalms. There are many prophets in the Bible. And there are many, many references to God as our rock.
What is a rock; what does it signify?
It has a sense of permanency. It is immovable. It has a weight and a power. It is a landmark – seen from afar and enabling us to be guided in our journeys (but only when we remember to reference and look to the rock). It is something which is only known properly when we are up close, when we spend time exploring – it has so many surfaces, angles and ledges to be explored and become known to us, and this requires us to explore for ourselves, not just to rely on a description – no matter how good a description – provided by someone else. It is something which provides all the shelter we need: from the wind, the rain and even from the sun.
Does that start to describe God to you, as you know Him? A rock can be a safe place to retreat, a familiar sanctuary and a known boundary. A rock can be precious, to be cherished and loved.
The Bible has much to say of the rock and of God.
“I will proclaim the name of the LORD.
Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:3,4)
And we are reminded that the LORD is unique. He is not ‘a’ god; he is THE God:
“There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you, there is no Rock like our God.” (1 Samuel 2:2)
We have safety in the Lord, our rock.
He said, “Yahweh-Tsuri: the LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.” (2 Samuel 22:3)
We have Jesus, our rock:
“and all of them drank the same spiritual drink. They drank from the spiritual rock that went with them, and that rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:4)
We have – always – the Lord, our God, in whom we can trust, whom we love.
“Trust in the LORD forever for in Yahweh-Tsuri we have an everlasting Rock.” (Isaiah 26:4)
[from Timothy Pitt]