Why Sing Blessings to God?
David expresses and urges the congregation to sing a song of blessing to the LORD. What is the reason for his song? What is the reason for the blessing that should be attributed to the LORD? He describes seven things that the LORD is–seven descriptors of God’s nature and character. He also describes three things that God does for David. Let’s examine these nine reasons why God is worthy of our songs of blessing. Don’t worry, we will take them one at a time, one day at a time. Good meditation is filled with patience. I will keep each post as succinct as possible.
Who God Is
1. “My Rock” (Psalm 144:1)
Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)
“Blessed be the LORD, my rock…” David blesses the LORD firstly because of something he is. He is David’s rock. Now, what does this mean for David? He has attributed this character trait to God multiple times, so it must be a vital characteristic of God for David. He refers to God as his “rock” four times in Psalm 18 alone and 11 times in the Psalms. God is referred to as “rock” 30 times in the Psalms in total. Without a doubt, God is a rock. He is the “rock of our salvation” (Ps. 95:1; cf. 89:26). He is “the rock of my refuge” (Ps. 94:22; cf.71:3; 31:2). There is no debating the fact that God is a rock for believers. The question is, what does this mean? What does it mean that God is a rock for believers? What did David mean when he said, “Blessed be the LORD, my rock”? It is important to notice that anytime David or most of the other psalmists refer to God as a rock, they use it in the context of words such as “fortress”, “deliverer”, “refuge”, “shield”, “stronghold”, “salvation”, “redeemer” (see Ps. 18; 19; 31; 62; 71; 78; 89; 94; 95). The language of “rock” then implies that God is firm, constant, secure, safe, and trustworthy. Jesus uses rock language as well when he discusses eternal life and salvation. Note his vibrant rock language:
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew 7:24-27
The fact that God as a rock refers directly to salvation implies that God’s “rock-ness” is very important to us for our salvation. God is worth trusting. Jesus says a wise man will build his house on the rock because when storms come, the house will not fall. David calls God his “rock”. Each individual either places their trust (house) on God (rock) or in themselves or someone other than God (sand). The person trusting in God will be safe and secure as they are in a “fortress” or “refuge” upon the stable and secure “rock” that will save them. It is so joyful and assuring for Christians to affirm and celebrate the truth that God is a rock worthy of our trust and firm to stand on when the storms of life wreak havoc on our souls. Blessed be the LORD, our Rock!