CLEFTS OF THE ROCK

“Finding him in the Clefts of the Rock”

Merry Friday by Parris Bailey-“O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” Song of Solomon 2:14

There is nothing better to have at our disposal than a Rock to run to. Christ always provides a way of escape in the storms of life. He compares us to the dove, who is a creature innocent and harmless, beautiful, cleanly, and chaste; sociable and fruitful which mates for life. “The Spirit descended like a dove on Christ, and so He does on all Christians, making them of a meek and quiet spirit. She is Christ’s dove, for He owns her and delights in her; she can find no rest but in Him and His ark, and therefore to Him, as her Noah, she returns.” (Simpson) Christ becomes our Rock in the good times and bad. We need to come to a place that there is no other refuge outside of Christ. He hides us in the secret places of the stairs. Jacob saw a ladder ascending and descending from heaven calling it God’s place. David spent years hiding out in the rocks and it is there he wrote many of the Psalms where he heard the voice of God in those secret places. Ps.94:22 “But the LORD is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge.”
Safety and refreshment comes when we learn to step out of the traffic. “And a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” Is. 32:2 When we hide ourselves in the clefts of the rock we enter the unseen world of the Holy Spirit. We see things under the light of the His word and His presence. His still small voice speaks through the wind and the storms without. A.B. Simpson said, “And when we find Him we must give Him the inmost chamber, the fondest love, the place that the dearest has held. It is when the sacrifice of the tenderest of earthly ties has been fully made that Christ becomes our All in All, and every earthly tie becomes more sacred and more true. The spirit of self-sacrifice is the secret of the truest happiness.” We will find Christ in the least expected places, in the low places. In the secret he begs to let go of all that entangles us so that He can clothe us in His beauty alone.
Hebrews 13:13 “Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Once you leave the camp of the this world and place yourself in the clefts of the rock, a whole new city emerges, it is this city that we have been born for.

3 Replies to “CLEFTS OF THE ROCK”

  1. I can really relate to this at times things just get heavy, we dont always understand the why of situations< but thats ok.Things or people or just things that happen in this lifecan get at us if we let it. We dont have to let it, We can give it to the Lord, Let Him Help us in This and he always shows us what to do or Ive seen him handle it! impossiable for anyone elase but Him to handle, sometimes I need and we all do an extra touch and encouragement, sometimes we get tired, I do,or im under attach from the enemy, im so glad we can go to him in every thing, somethings take time to work out, other things get worked out fast, ive seen this. we can have trails but yet joy! we can have every thing going just great, no matter I know for myself to stay close to him good bad great whatever is going on, if I dont my peace and joy in Him would be compermised wouldnt be clearly hearing from Him as good, missing out on great fellowship and what his plans are in my life where can we go but to the lord? I enjoy to much Being with him to not be with Him I cant even imagine what that would be like not having Him in our lives after being taken out of unbeleif and willful sin, it would be a horrific scarry nopurpose life, Christ gives us life and more abundant with purpose there are no other things that can come close to his love for us.

  2. ” Once you leave the camp of the this world and place yourself in the clefts of the rock, a whole new city emerges, it is this city that we have been born for.” Part of this scripture spoke to me so much thinking of the things I was holding on to that wouldn’t let me pass through the cleft and see what the other side opened up to. I’m like a big kid that went crazy after letting go of all kinds of things to go explore what God has. It’s amazing what letting go can let us pass through and be totally amazed and happy with what’s in front our very eyes. My hard part was letting go the easy part is now just enjoying Gods creation.

  3. I say Glory to God for the amazement things He has shown me so far. And there is more to come. I’m also like a kid in a candy store. Just let or all go and enjoy the sweetness and love of Him. I Love your presence. I enjoy getting up worshiping Him all day long. What a new city….. Blessings

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