“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my Rock, in whom I will trust; My shield and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3
Walking the sandy shore of the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Cannon Beach, Oregon, with the sound of seagulls overhead and waves hitting the surf, the smell of fresh, salty breezes, and the clean air satisfying my lungs, and the majestic Haystack Rock standing immovable in the distance, and I am drawn to our infinite and powerful God, Creator of all things, like nothing else! He beckons me to Himself through His creation, through my senses, and through the very things that perfectly represent WHO HE IS. The living parable that is His creation soothes my aching soul and reminds me of His heart and character.
Like a child caught up in the discovery of something new, I find myself in wonder of the Rock of my Salvation once again. There are no distractions as I walk this beach alone, and my eyes see clearly what may have been clouded before; my ears hear clearly what may have been muted before. When God leads me to His heart, I discover anew that our Rock is ALL THAT HE SAYS HE IS…
Majestic. Massive. Infinite. Powerful. Life. Refuge. Discovery. Peace. Fascinating. Steadfast. Beautiful. Holy. Love. Creator. Kind. Compassionate. Good. Faithful. Awesome. Long-suffering. Patient. Sovereign. Relentless. Healer. Provider.
…and so much more.
How can I not be caught up in awe and wonder of the God who says, “Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.” Isaiah 44:8
Standing there at the edge of the sea, His glory on full display, and the only response I have is to worship. Whether I praise Him with a song of adoration, or words of thankfulness; meditate on His faithfulness, or cry out for His mercy; pray to better understand His ways, or surrender to His will; it does not matter. For in this child-like moment I rest in the cleft of the Rock, knowing and experiencing my Father God as trustworthy, and worthy of my praise.
Solid mass of immovable stone,
Rugged and timeless, world renown.
Methodically positioned by the edge of the sea,
Beckoning sojourners like you and me.
Timeless and ageless this rugged rock stands,
Powerfully displaying the Pacific Ocean’s hands.
Pounded by tides and turbulent waves,
Glistening bright in the sun’s brilliant rays.
Inspiring discoverers both young and old,
A beautiful perspective of wonders untold.
Haystack Rock offers a glimpse of the One,
Who protects and gives strength, never leaving us alone.
Our Beacon of Hope through the storms of this life,
God is our Rock who sustains by His might.
He longs to bring blessing as we trust His ways,
Abundantly satisfying our souls for all of our days.
“Fear not for I am with you,” declares His Majesty.
He is the God of my salvation, yes He will deliver me.
Safely clinging to the cleft of the Rock I hide.
Like a starfish, my Redeemer calls me to abide.
“Lord, when I am overwhelmed and the tears fill my eyes,
Lead me to the Rock this is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2
By DeAnne Welberg
DeAnne Welberg is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, teacher and coach. She and her husband, Patrick, have 3 active teenagers and reside in Wilsonville. DeAnne is a gifted communicator and uses that gift to teach at ONE Community Bible Study. She is also an assistant coach to Wilsonville High School’s varsity lacrosse team. In her free time she enjoys traveling, running in the outdoors, and spending time with friends.