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.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
I love it. This call is desperate. Only desperate people get this special response from God, to get to experience the Lord as our Rock. It says from the ends of the earth I call to you, that’s a long way to call, to shout, to scream, to yell, at the top of our lungs, and voice, hopefully God will hear. And the next sentence says , “I call as heart grows faint”. Oh my gosh, when was the last time, you called out to God and felt fainting? Did you ever feel that way? If not, don’t complain if God hasn’t answered you yet, you know why? Because this calling’s from a far land, correction, the ends of the earth, see how intense that get? How descriptive that is? That’s actually a call, a loooong desperate call from one of the most famous kings, if not the, in the history of mankind, King David of Israel. He’s certainly more famous that King Alexander, King Napoleon, Hitler, and so forth, and he’s definitely much more righteous and favored by God. So that’s the call from King David to God, at the top of his lungs to God! And not only that, but he must also be yelling and crying out to God for quite a while, because you can see that he’s exhausted, and fainting! He says my heart grows faint. You know if there is any one with most ingenious creative expression language, it’s David. His heart grows faint. He speaks heart language for sure.
And his first verse is: Psalm 18: 1 I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
So what’s the rock higher than I that important? Because it is higher than you! We need something higher than ourselves ! We need to be led to the rock that’s higher than I. That means its more powerful, more reliable, more outstanding, and more stronger than I.
You see this all about me, self. We need to get out of our self-mode. Our world spins around me. The me world. God is offering to take us out of our self-world, to a higher ground, and not just something higher than us, but a rock! That’s he himself!
We have been so indulgent upon our desires, our wish, our needs, our wants, etc. etc., and God wants us to lift our eyes off ourselves for once, and focus on him, the higher grounds, the higher rock. We are sinking by ourselves. We can’t save ourselves. Many people try to be their own savior. But we can’t save ourselves. Try one of the hardship you went through recently, I have many, as you have surely, recall those time, when you call out to God for help? Could you help yourself?
We need something to get out of ourselves. Quarrel with our spouse, job pressure, sickness and our health, our problem with our children, economy, community, friendship, list goes on and on. Can we help ourselves? Can we pull ourselves out of this mess?
Also, we cannot just live for ourselves. We need to cast a vision that’s higher than I, higher than ourselves, and thats the Rock, the Lord, not just anything that’s higher. Only safe way to set your eyes on, is the Rock thats higher than you. Live for a higher ambition in Christ to be fruitful, not just a the pleasures of this world, the security this world gives us, the family that we love. But the higher vision of who God is, what God wants, and His most pleasurable will for us, as He made us in his image. Don’t lose that vision. Cling unto it. Set your eyes on the Lord. You wont go wrong, everything else will.
We need the Rock that’s higher than I. We need that, and we must be like David, crying out at the top of our lungs, calling out to God until our heart faints. Yes, do it!
David’s prayer is O Lord, lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I. Lead me. I want to follow. I need a leader in my life. I am not the leader in my life. I can’t trust myself, in fact, I can’t do it. Many paths I can take, but only one path, lead me O God.
Amen. A great prayer to pray. Nothing shameful about crying out to God. The greatest king in human history cried out to God all the times and in fact, he cried out loud, and strong. Not like our weak cries and given up. No, press on.