Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth, I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalm 61 verses 1-2)
The world needs a rock
In a world and on a journey that is bombarded with so many difficult situations and experiences, without many humanly clear explanations, David, in Psalm 61 verses 1-2, encourages us to change our perspective.
He charged us to head to the rock. In the heart of our despairs and cries, may the Lord lead us to the Rock that is truly higher than we are.
The rock has benefits
A rock is generally a HARD and STURDY place that we tend to lean and rest on. It is a place that offers support from physical weariness and oftentimes coverage from the rains or hot and bright light.
Additionally, being on the rock that is HIGHER than we are, creates an opportunity for us to have an elevated view of wherever we are. Yes, this place of HIGHER allows us to see farther and wider than the average, low and limited view that our eyesight and stance would have ever allowed.
When we are on HIGHER grounds, there is much less weight being exerted on us. I mean, doesn’t science itself tells us that gravity, pressure that keeps us on earth,becomes much less, the higher it is we go? Yes!
In like manner, being at a place of higher, IN God, helps us to remove much of those pressures (worries or confusions) that life throws at us and bask instead in the lightness and peace that Jesus gives. Jesus is our Rock and whenever we can find a place of rest, protection, comfort, solace and support in Him, we are able to be eased of the troubles and sorrows that our life many times bring.
The Rock can be trusted
I believe that David, when he wrote this Psalm, had envisioned and experienced what being led to the Rock of Jesus truly looked like. He completely understood that he could lean and rest on Jesus, he knew that once he did this, he would have a more extensive view of his life or circumstances if he was able to view things from God’s standpoint.
Of course, David on the Rock of Jesus, could easily and wholesomely release a great deal of the stress and the burdens he was carrying around. David knew the benefits of going to the Rock.
Following his dependable example, offers us an assurance in knowing that the “Rock higher than I” is surely a safe space to run to, it is a comfort filled place to acquire rest, it is a stable place to protect us from falling and it is a strong place to restore us from life’s imbalance.
May we too, when our hearts are overwhelmed, echo the prayer of this author to be led to the Rock that is HIGHER … that is higher than I. May we seek to be led to Jesus, our forever present Rock, Defender, and Friend.
May our prayer be
Father, our limited understanding prevents us from seeing what You do and how You do things in our lives. May we today, be like David, seek to be led to the Rock of Jesus whose vision, thoughts and desires are higher than ours.
On the Rock, we can have better alignment, we can access the better perspectives that You have for our lives and we can better come into agreement with Your divine doings in our lives. These mercies we ask in the name of Jesus the Lord, AMEN.
Melicha J. Smith originates and resides in Jamaica, West Indies. She has been involved in youth ministries for over 13 years and has served in the capacities of teacher, mentor, intercessor and missionary. Professionally she functions as a Registered Pharmacist.
Melicha enjoys and invests most of her time in writing, reading and listening to music. She loves a good game of football even though she understands VERY LITTLE about the game.
Melicha Smith is an author, speaker and founder of Reflective Hands Ministry.
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