Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2.From 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. – Psalm 61:1-2
Dr. Tony Evans, in a presentation at Moody Institute, tells the story of how he saved a huge man from drowning. As long as the man, who was having difficulties in the water, continued to fight to save himself, Dr. Evans could only stand by and watch him. However, as soon as the man gave up the fight, he was able to swoop in, pulled the swimmer out of the water, and thus saved his life.
In today’s scripture, David needed saving. He realized that he could not save himself, however, he knew, someone who could. There was One to whom he could run whenever he felt overwhelmed, weak, faint or discouraged. He called out to Him: “hear my cry oh Lord, attend unto my prayer”.
Many today do not have that assurance. When they feel overwhelmed, they settle for a temporary fix, turning to alcohol, drugs, nicotine, anything that will dull the senses.
David however, in his time of distress, shouted out to God.
He asked God to guide him to the rock, which was higher than he was. He could not reach it on his own, nor in his own strength. David needed God’s help to get to the rock.
The rock represents a place of refreshing- Exodus 17:6. It is a place of God’s choosing- Exodus 33:21. It is a place where believers are covered by the hand of God and are safe- Exodus 33:22, and it is a place from which we can see God Numbers 23:9.
David knew something else about the rock. Deuteronomy 32:4 tells us: He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!
Our Rock is a righteous Judge. We can always go to Him, for forgiveness and cleansing, for He is faithful and just. He is also the God who made us, and He is our salvation- Deuteronomy 32:15. The world’s gods are weak, but our God is mighty. Deuteronomy 32:31
Where do you turn in times of distress? There is a God who invites us in Matthew 11:28 to “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.
Prayer: Father, when our hearts are overwhelmed, please lead us to the Rock, Jesus our Savior and Friend. Thank You Lord