Text: Psalms 71-73
The terrain where Israel fought many of her battles with the Philistines is in the foothills between the coastal plain and the high ground to the east. There, steep-sided and narrow valleys gave the Israelite warriors great tactical advantage. They did not have metallurgy per se, and the Philistines came at them with iron chariots. But the relief of the land made the chariots of no use. The Israelites sought refuge on the high rocky outcroppings above where arrows could not reach and enemies could not approach unobserved. These rocks are what many Bible passages refer to – like Psalm 71:3:
Be to me a rock of refuge,to which I may continually come;you have given the command to save me,for you are my rock and my fortress.
When I read these words I hold the image of the land in my head. I am up high, protected, safe and sound. My enemies cannot creep up on me, and when they throw spears or shoot arrows they all fall harmlessly below. No need to worry or fear. God is our rock of refuge! “On Christ the solid rock I stand…”
in Him, Mike