More than twenty times Scripture refers to God as a steady Rock for His people. The symbol is an apt one. Rock is stable; our God is unchanging. Rock is durable; our God endures forever. We set our buildings on rock; our God is the sure foundation. A rock can cast a shadow; our God is a Shadow in a weary land. A rock can survive a storm; our God is a refuge. Rock is everywhere; our God is omnipresent. The similes would make a long list.
Dottie Rambo picked up the strength of the imagery when she wrote:
Where do I go when there’s no one else to turn to?
Who do I talk to when no one wants to listen?
Who do I lean on when there’s no foundation stable?
I go to the Rock, I know He’s able, I go to the Rock.
Where do I hide till the storms have all passed over?
Who do I run to when the winds of sorrow threaten?
Is there a refuge in the time of tribulation?
When my soul needs consolation, I go to the Rock.
I go to the Rock for my salvation.
I go to the Stone that the builders rejected.
I run to the Mountain and the Mountain stands by me.
When the earth all around me is sinking sand,
On Christ the solid Rock I stand.
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock.