1Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
What comes to mind when we read the phrase, "The rock that is higher than I"? Do we think of massive mountain ranges like the Rockies or the Himalayas, or do we think of sheer rocky canyons or gorges dug out by thousands of years of rain. Maybe we envision a single gigantic boulder towering like a sentinel over an expansive grassy plain. No matter what vision comes to our mind, we rightly equate "the rock" with impenetrable strength and stability.
As David cried out to God in prayer, he reminded himself that no matter where he was--even unto the ends of the earth, God, His Rock, was always there. No matter where he was, he could always look up to God, his Rock, and find strength and help in the time of need.
Sometimes, I fear that we take God for granted; at other times, we forget that God is even there. However, even though we may forget, we know that God never forgets; there is never a time when God is not available to help His children. There is never a time when God is too weak, too tired, or too ill to come to our aid--He is always that Rock, standing tall and firm.
Even more amazing is the fact that God is not impassive like that same rock. Christ came to this earth and lived among us; He was touched with the feelings of our infirmities. This same Christ, even now, is sitting at the right hand of God, our Rock, making intercession for us! Without trying to be trite, we must ask, "What better team could we have?" God is our Strength, Christ is our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit is our Teacher.
God does not sit upon a grassy plain, unmoved by all that is going on around Him. Rather, He is right in the trenches with us; He is moved by our difficulties, touched by our pain, and ready to heal our aching hearts. Even before time began, God knew us by name!
In response, should we not fall down before God, the Rock of life and eternity, and praise His name for the great things He has done for us? When our hearts are overwhelmed, He is there! By His grace, let us live the remaining days of our lives with our eyes fixed upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our souls, and God, the Rock.
God Bless You,