It would be foolish as well as sinful to claim that we will never fall into sin, and that our faith never wavers. Satan's there to attack us time and time again; and our flesh wants what he dangles before our eyes. If we say that we never slip or slide, we are slipping and sliding in that haughty speech. Then we cannot honestly repeat David's words, which are God's word, when he says of God in Psalm 62:2, "He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved."
David does not here boast that his soul will not at times fail to wait upon God. But he states that because God is his salvation, his rock, and his defense, he will not fall away and lose his salvation. The idea is that our safety is sure, because it is God who protects us. We do not and cannot stand in our own strength. We can never defend ourselves against an enemy who has had almost 6,000 years of experience. A clever, crafty Satan, who could make righteous Adam and Eve fall, can surely make us, who have an old man of sin, turn our backs upon the righteous and holy God.
But he cannot make us fall away from God's grace. He cannot make God hate us; and he cannot keep God from bringing us to a sincere sorrow over our sins. If it all depended upon us, Satan could in a moment kill us spiritually. But he cannot obtain the slightest, most temporary victory over God, Who is our Rock, Salvation, and Defense.
Because God is our rock, He with His little finger can crush Satan and grind him to powder. We will not be greatly moved. Satan will never strike a fatal blow upon us. He made Peter fall deeply into sin; but our God made the cock crow, and caused Peter to weep bitterly over his sin. We will often be moved to commit sin. But to be moved greatly, so that we fall away and God's grace is withdrawn from us, is impossible. The almighty God is our defense.
My soul in silence waits for God,
My Savior He has proved.
He only is my rock and tower;
I never shall be moved.
He proved Himself as our Savior in the cross of His only begotten Son.
Devotions on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter #135
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Quote for Reflection:
“Do Christ this one thing for all his love to thee: Love all his saints, even the poorest, the meanest and the weakest, and not withstanding some slight differences in judgment. As the names of the children of Israel were graven on Aaron’s breastplate, so are the names of all God’s saints engraved on the heart of Christ. Let them be likewise so on thine.” -- Augustus Toplady
- Date: 3-March