David sang, "The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer."
Years ago in Israel we took a cable-car to the top of Masada. Masada is a huge flat-topped hill rising abruptly from the desert floor near the Dead Sea. We can't tell if David actually hid on this rocky mountain but the word he uses in Psalm 18, when he called God his rock, literally says "God is my Masada!" So whether David ever did go to the large rock in the desert we will probably never know. But what we do know is that David found God to be the safest 'place' he could go — his precious rock, Masada, to which he could run when his enemies chased and hated him.
The great thing is that we too can run to God in our times of trouble and distress. God is our "Masada" just as he was to David. When we are Christians we are encouraged to cast all our cares or worries on the Lord because he cares so much for us. Later on, in Psalm 55:22, David says, "Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you." In the New Testament the message is the same, when Peter says: "Casting all your anxieties on him (God), because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)
Isn't it such a wonderful thing to have our own great Masada — God our Rock - to which we can come in all the hard times of our life and find comfort, encouragement, love and mercy? No wonder David could say: "I love you, O Lord, my strength... my rock." (Psalm 18:1)
Dear Lord, help me to find my safety in you during the hard times. Amen.