A Season of Psalms - Psalm 61:2-3, 8
Psalm 61:2-3, 8
“…from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy…So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
I enjoy hiking. The last time I seriously hiked was at Palo Duro Canyon during a college trip. My college professor drove us to a good hiking site and told us to go up as far as we could and look around. Three of us went, but only one made it to the top: me. One of my friends was scared of heights and refused to climb. Another friend started climbing, lost her footing, and fell into prickly pear. As I climbed toward the top, I could see the deep clefts in the cliff face that would make good hiding places. I was hoping and praying that something wasn’t hiding in those crevices as I climbed!
Palo Duro is no Grand Canyon, but it still left me in awe that the God who created the rocks is our Rock. A true spiritual instinct in David taught him that he needed a rock for protection, a rock that towered above all others, a rock that was accessible. Through his hardships, David found that Rock and made it his abode and his dwelling place. The Rock was a place of refuge and deliverance; it was David’s Strong Tower and Mighty Fortress. The Rock never failed. It was a shelter from the storm. The Rock had deep crevices and clefts in which David could hide and be sheltered from whatever forces raged against Him. Because of the great faithfulness of the Rock, David was able to say in verse 8, “So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day.”
Hannah says in 1 Samuel 2:2, “There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.” Feeling banged up by life? Cry out to the Rock. Fearful and afraid? Hide yourself in the clefts of the Rock. Though the world may fail us, He never will. Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
Further Reading: Romans 10:9-13; Isaiah 41:10-13
Pray with me today:
Father, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. I want to see You and find my rest in You. Calm my anxious heart, give peace to my soul, for to You I cling. In Jesus’ name, Amen.