3 O Hashem, the rock wherein I take shelter: My shield, my mighty champion, my fortress and refuge! My savior, You who rescue me from violence!
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ג אֱלֹהֵי צוּרִי אֶחֱסֶה־בּוֹ מָגִנִּי וְקֶרֶן יִשְׁעִי מִשְׂגַּבִּי וּמְנוּסִי מֹשִׁעִי מֵחָמָס תֹּשִׁעֵנִי׃
22:3 O Hashem, the rock wherein I take shelter
At various points in this chapter, King David refers to Hashem as “my rock.” Rashi notes that a rock represents both strength and protection, as rocks can protect travelers from the wind and rain. It is interesting to note that the State of Israel’s Declaration of Independence invokes divine protection by use of the phrase, “placing our trust in the Rock of Israel.” Hashem’s help would indeed be necessary to establish an independent, free, democratic Jewish State in the Land of Israel that would be able to absorb Jews from around the world. Thankfully, the Rock of Israel continues to strengthen and protect the State of Israel.