Psalm 61:2 “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I”.
The psalms are filled with prayers for deliverance from enemies. In this psalm David asks that the Lord lead him to the rock that is higher than himself. We know that Jesus is The Rock in scripture. He was the rock in the wilderness from which water flowed – once when Moses spoke to the rock and once when he struck it twice. Jesus said to the woman at the well in Samaria that he was the source of living water. In John 4: 13 and 14 Jesus said to her: "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." There is a thirst within men’s souls that can only be satisfied by partaking in a personal relationship with God. Until that need is met, people will search and search for something to fill that void. Only Jesus truly satisfies our thirst.
In Luke 6 Jesus says: “I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” (Verses 47 and 48) His words when put into practice in our life are a solid foundation that will sustain us through all the storms that may batter our lives.
The psalmist says this rock is higher than I. When we climb upon this rock, Jesus, we see things from a totally different perspective. The bible says Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven. When we are rooted in Him we have a heavenly perspective of all situations. We, then, see things as they truly are. Great big God, itty-bitty devil! There was a song that had a lyric that said I can see eternity from the heights of a bended knee.
We can see differently when we submit to Him. Our position in Christ dictates all that will happen in our life. Will we succumb to our own efforts? Will we seek help from sources other than God? Or will we run into Him, the rock of our salvation, the source of living water that quenches all our thirst?
Prayer: “Father, though the battles rage around me, I ask that you lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Lift me up and let my perspective be from above seated with you, in Jesus name. Amen!”