Picture of God: The Lord is my Rock

What do you think of when you hear, "The Lord is my rock”? As an adult, we understand the analogy. The Lord is our foundation and unshakeable in the midst of turmoil. We may even site the passage where Jesus explains building our house on a foundation recall the hymn “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…” 

A child however, may not understand quite so easily. As a kid I used to love rocks. I would throw them, hit them, skip them on the lake, and even collect them. I used to get in trouble for throwing them. Can you imagine telling a kid the Lord is like a rock and they think about getting in trouble for throwing Him? 

The Bible says in Psalm 18:2: “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.” 

 

Understanding the Picture of God

The rugged terrain of Israel helps us understand that rocks were often a place of security and concealment from the elements and the enemy. The Lord hides us from evil and protects us from the Enemy, when we call on His name. In this psalm, David was praising the Lord for his protection from King Saul. David understood intimately what the protection and foundation of the Lord looked like. His focus was on Who God was and what God would do for him, and not on his problems. He knew the Lord would take care of him. Like David, we can look to the Lord and ask Him for help in time of need. We must go to God in prayer and ask Him for His help. He longs for us to communicate with Him, and to see Him as the powerful God He is, who protects His children from harm.

 

Explaining it to my Child

There are rocks everywhere. There are several options you can use. 

  1. Take your child on a hike, and climb various rocks. When you do this, you could talk about the foundation they provide. Cross over some creeks and walk on the rocks and pebbles while explaining how to keep your footing. As you do this, clarify in detail how the Lord is our foundation and footing in life. This would be a great time to speak about making Jesus the very center (foundation) of everything we do and how this impacts our choices. 
  2. If you have a rock in your yard that you aren’t able to lift and move, take the kids to it and and have them try to pick it up. Explain how it is immoveable. This opens the door for a great discussion on how faithful and sure the Lord is. You can talk about how the rock will be the same years from now and how the Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. 
  3. If your house has a stone or rock foundation, take the kids and let them see it. Explain how the whole house rests on this. The structure of the house is dependent on the foundation to be secure and stable. Read Matthew 7:24-29 with them and challenge them to build their life on the Lord and His Word. 

Building our life on the Lord is vital to our stability. Discipling your kids will provide them with a foundation they can build their life on. Neglecting this would be just as foolish as building a house on the sand.