The Lord has continually, over the past week or so, been giving me this verse as an encouragement, “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:1-2.
Oh, how I have been overwhelmed. Today I was just praying through all the things going on and people suffering, and just was crying over all the needs as I lifted them up to the Lord. I am weeping with those that weep and right now, there is just a lot of difficult circumstance going on around me. There are many families that are suffering the loss of a child, with the funeral for Armondo being tomorrow. I, myself, have been struggling with a new bout of depression/anxiety. My husband’s sister is going through a tremendously difficult trial. A family at church cannot pay the bills, is uninsured and in the hospital as we speak. Friends struggling with post-partum blues. Bible study friends who are crying out to God on behalf of their wayward teenagers. This morning as I prayed…and tried to pray through for each person…how could I not be overwhelmed? And I have only mentioned a few things on my list to pray for. This is our time in the wilderness. And, remember, He does lead His children into the wilderness.
I know there is much suffering around the world and possibly in your home too. That is why I am so thankful that He gives us His Word, God allowed me to be encouraged with Psalm 61. He sees all the needs. He sees the hurt. He knows we are overwhelmed. And He is the ROCK that we can lean on.
Deuteronomy 32:4, “He is the ROCK, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.”
2 Samuel 22:2, “The Lord is my ROCK, my FORTRESS, and my DELIVERER; my God is my ROCK, in whom I take REFUGE, my SHIELD and the HORN of my salvation. He is my STRONGHOLD, my REFUGE and my SAVIOR.”
Psalm 18:2, “The Lord is my ROCK my FORTRESS and my DELIVERER.”
Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my ROCK and my REDEEMER.”
Psalm 40:1-2, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a ROCK and gave me a firm place to stand.”
Psalm 92:15, “The Lord is upright; He is my ROCK, and there is no wickedness in Him.”
Isaiah 26:3-4, “You will keep him in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the LORD is the ROCK eternal.”
What do you think of when you think about a ROCK? The dictionary defines rock as a large mass of stone forming a hill, cliff, promontory, or the like. Another definition says, a firm foundation or support. A fortress is any place of exceptional security; a stronghold.
Praise the Lord that we have in Him a rock, a place to lean, a place of security, a stronghold. When I am weak, He is strong. When I am overwhelmed, I run to the Rock. My Rock.
Are you overwhelmed today, as I am? Run to the Rock. He is our Solid Rock. In Him is all Hope.
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.