by Jennifer Slattery @JenSlattery
“I love You, O Lord, my strength.” The Lord is my Rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2 NASB
In 2006, my husband Steve stepped into an ugly power struggle that nearly cost him his job. Dishonest and unethical practices had trickled down from the top, infecting all the staff. As a result, when Steve continually made a right, hard choice, he was attacked and slandered by evil, power-hungry men.
The union representative in particular made it his mission to get Steve fired, which included sending a letter to the CEO telling him how “terrible” he was. Then, he printed and prominently displayed the slanderous letter at the shop.
With every attack against Steve, my anxiety climbed. What if the union representative succeeded and Steve’s company let him go? Where would he work? How would we pay our bills? What if we lost our home?
Our world felt out of control, our security only as sure as my husband’s next paycheck. But then we remembered our sure foundation, the immovable Rock upon which we stood.
Psalm says, “I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer” (Psalm 18:1-2a NASB).
This was written by ancient Israel’s second king, a mighty warrior who’d single-handedly defeated a tyrannical giant. Yet, this warrior found strength not in himself and his military prowess, but instead in His sovereign, all-powerful God. No matter how strong or skilled in battle, apart from God he was vulnerable and insufficient. In the crags of God’s love, however, he was amply protected, untouchable.
Towering rocks or bluffs dotted the landscape of ancient Palestine, providing places of refuge, of protection, for all who scampered upon them. These elevated geological edifices were difficult to reach and offered shelter within their caverns. They were places of safety in times of danger.
Fortresses offered similar protection. The people built heavily-fortified cities high upon a cliff, where they could see enemies approach for miles. Then, they erected stone towers at the highest point in the city.
Can you sense the layers of protection revealed in the Psalm 18 passage? In Christ, we stand high upon an immovable rock of power and grace, further hidden within the clefts of His love. His strength is greater than anything or anyone that comes against us. We are triply protected within His steadfast embrace. He is our sure and constant deliverer, the rock beneath our feet, and the fortress surrounding us.
As attacks continued to barrage my husband and our family, we hid ourselves deeply in God. When anxiety arose, we reminded ourselves of where our true security lay, and all we knew to be true about Him. He was faithful, loving and attentive—unconquerable. He was our ever-present provider, the only One with the power to sustain us.
That year, He proved Himself to be all those things and more. I’m confident He’ll do the same for you. Whatever you’re facing, whatever is coming against you, rest in this: God’s got you. He’s standing beside you, within you, and is camped around you. He is your refuge, your rock, and your strong, fortified tower.
You don’t have to be strong or know all the answers—that secret that will somehow whisk you to safety—because in Christ, you’re already safe.
Let’s talk about this! When has God proven Himself to be your rock and your fortress? How might remembering this time help you when future problems hit?
If you’re facing a difficult, uncertain period, how might it help to shift your thoughts off your ever-changing circumstances and onto your immovable Savior?
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of Hometown Healing and numerous other titles and maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team love to help women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. Visit her online to find out more about her speaking or to book her for your next women’s event,
In her 12-part podcast series titled Faith Over Fear, she helps listeners battle many of the anxieties and fears that often assault us, sharing practical tools and timeless truths that, when applied, can help us live our Christ-won place of victory.