Cleft of the Rock

The sound of fluttering wings caught my attention as I stepped under the boardwalk. Looking up I saw a dove resting on the ledge of the crossbeam.

Reminded of a favorite verse from the Song of Solomon, I quickly opened my Bible and read:

Oh my dove in the cleft of the rock. Let me see your face. Let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Song of Songs 2:14  

I smiled as the sadness of my heart lifted. Somehow I knew I was at the right place at the right time.

Years later, I wrote this poem.

The Bride of Christ is God’s Dove—
Sheltered in the safety of the cleft of the Rock.
It may be a secret place,
yet known to Him.
It may be a steep place,
yet directed by Him.
Maybe its a deep valley,
but He promised
never to leave your side.
Sometimes our Lord
calls us from
clamorous voices that
vie for our attention.
When we choose to look up
His voice becomes amazingly clear. 

Bible scholars believe the Song of Songs is a picture of Jesus Christ and His Bride.

10 thoughts on “Cleft of the Rock

  1. Good morning, Glenda.

    I have a wonderful story about Psalm 91 – it’s long and I won’t put it here, but this is an incredibly precious passage to me and Kevin. The Lord whispered these words to us from several different places and people during Kevin’s miraculous recovery from a near-fatal accident. In answer to your question: Do I need to know who wrote it? No. I am just so glad it’s there. In fact, sometimes it’s nice to have “anonymous” words – then the identity of the author doesn’t influence the words positively or negatively.

    Love this post, Glenda. Praying for your time with the Lord as you work on your study. I’m so glad He meets us wherever we are.



    • Becky, so glad God saved Kevin’s life from that accident and left him here with you and family to love on! One day, we will have all the time we need to hear all those stories that are piling up in heaven and on earth of God’s stories from his children’s journeys! Til then, so great to continue to connect with you this way. I love your comment about not needing to know who wrote the psalm to be blessed by it. It’s true…until now I’ve not taken time to learn…I guess it’s the teacher in me wanting to dig for more truth?(: thanks for stopping by!


  2. Psalm 91 tells me how God is a mighty refuge, how He lovingly protects the one who dwells in Him, even though the circumstances are scary. God offers Himself to each of us who loves Him. I’m encouraged that both Moses and David’s lives fit the specific examples of experiencing God’s security. God never changes.


    • Jeanette, you are right. Both Moses and David lives were good examples of experiencing God’s security through all kinds of difficulties because they both loved and knew The God who never changes! Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.


  3. Great start to a study that promises to be enlightening and ancouraging. It doesn’t really matter to me if I know the author of the Psalm, although knowing that information may lend additional knowledge about the meaning of the psalm. Blessings on you and Jamie as you prepare for this study.


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