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Jehovah Tsuri

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on September 18, 2021

One of the most descriptive names of our Lord is Jehovah Tsuri, meaning “The Lord our Rock.” The Psalmist David records his song of the LORD TSURI’S deliverance from his opposition in Psalm 18: “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be saved from mine enemies” (v. 3). He did call, the LORD Tsuri did answer, David was delivered, and the Psalmist praised him (v.3) for who the LORD was in his life: “The LORD is my rock … my strength, in whom I will trust” (v. 2). David begins this recognition of who the Lord was to him with an exultation from his heart’s affection, “I will love thee O LORD, my strength” (v. 1). This Psalm was so worthy of Jehovah Tsuri’s acclaim that Samuel was inspired by the Holy Spirit for it to be written again - FOR US, who need the LORD TSURI strong in our lives: “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer” (2 Samuel 22:2). “David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies” (v. 1). Question, dear child of God, “Any opposition? Any hatred somewhere out there, from someone, as David was hated (v. 41)? How’s that heart condition of yours? Is there any need for the Lord’s deliverance TODAY, and you need it right NOW? Any shaky ground upon which you stand? How would you rate the stability you now have concerning any problems, pressures, or people?” Whatever your need is today, whatever opposition, whatever difficulty, remember this dear Christian, “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste” (being hurried, bringing an unsettled life - Isaiah 28:16). That precious corner stone is none other than the LORD TSURI, and he comes to you, for you to call upon him as YOUR ROCK of salvation (deliverance).

The prophet Samuel records a question addressed to us all, “For who is God, save the LORD, and who is a rock, save our God?” (2 Samuel 22:32). May we all join in praise with David as he affirms that “the LORD is my rock … my strength, in whom I will trust” (2 Samuel 22:2, 4). Here’s a prayer that the David prayed when circumstances were just too much for him to handle on his own: “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to a ROCK that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2). Then in the next Psalm, he (David) has a song for us all to sing: “He only is my rock, and my salvation … I shall not be greatly moved” (Psalm 62:2). Then, to bring that solid stability home to our hearts, David makes a worthy repetition a few verses later with the same inspired breath of our LORD TSURI, “He only is my rock, I shall not be moved” (v. 6). Charles Hadden Spurgeon tells us that “God pilots the heart in which the troubled mind is often cast upon the Divine Rock.” He then encourages us to “CAST OFTEN” as we need his piloting to be wisely directed and steered into safety and peace - those are your gifts. Why not allow the LORD TSURI to make your trouble time, your turmoil time, and your testing time to be His Psalm 18 time in your heart. May the Lord encourage you to sing, “The Lord is my rock … my strength, in whom in I will trust.” Then show your appreciation to your LORD TSURI, “who is worthy to be praised” (v. 4). Veron J. Charlesworth penned it well with the words of praise for us all to sing: “The Lord’s our rock, in him we hide” (ca. 1880).