“For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
For God alone my soul waits. From Him comes my salvation. He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Fortress.
It is in standing on this truth that I can say “I shall not be greatly shaken.” That statement has nothing to do with me—with my strength to walk through difficulty or my ability to handle things. And it isn’t because I can say I have someone I can count on, a fortress to run to—some fortresses may fail and some people could let you down. No, the reason I can say “I shall not be greatly shaken,” the reason my soul can wait in silent yet solid hope, is because of who my Fortress is.
As I contemplate my utter dependence on God, my heart is filled with such peace, and from that, such thankfulness and wonder and joy, knowing that my salvation comes only from Him.
This realization—such dependency on one being—could fill some with fear. From God alone comes salvation, but what if He does not save?
Yet there is not a trace of fear in my heart, because of who I know my God to be. Who He has declared Himself to be, who He has proven Himself to be throughout all generations—and here, in the circumstances of my life and in the depths of my heart.
The fact that God has shown Himself to be my Rock, my Fortress, my Salvation—He has comforted me in sorrow, healed deeply painful wounds, and never fails to meet me where I am with grace and compassion—this affirms the wonder and reality of who He is and the hope we have in knowing that salvation belongs to a God such as this. That this God is the Living One, the One who lives forever and ever, the One who sits on the throne. Our God, mighty to save.
I am so thankful for His steadfastness. No matter how things shift around me, there is truth that never changes. Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. No one can take our salvation away. Nothing can separate us from our Father in heaven, Almighty God who holds us in His hand.
“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5). Each day, may our Lord direct our hearts more and more in this. Because here, fear is gone—it has no place when we are surrounded by and filled with the love of God, walking confidently in the steadfastness of our Savior.
He will never leave us, never forsake us. His faithfulness will never fail, because He has loved us with an everlasting love, as steadfast and unchanging as His very nature. “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken”—because He is enough.