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It is interesting to note that in our responsorial psalm today we refer three times to God as a "rock." While Psalm 18 is one of the lengthier hymns in the Psalter, today we extract lines that enable us to focus on this term.
With our familiarity of the Gospels, we may initially think of the rock to which Jesus refers. He says, "You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church." The Greek translation of the name Peter is Rock, also a symbol of church.
There are numerous references to rock in the Hebrew Scriptures (OT). Many of these referred to God as strength, refuge and deliverer, three very apt descriptors for who God can be for us. These attributes are echoed throughout Psalm 18: It is to God that we look for strength; it is to God that we come for safety and security; it is to God that we find our salvation in Jesus Christ.
The Psalmist summarizes it very well in the response the cantors sing today. We join our own hearts with theirs as we sing: "I love you, Lord, my strength."
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