“That Rock Is…”

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Just outside my office window, here at the church; landscaping rocks fill the perimeter of the parking area, along the building. Ranging from fist-sized to regulation football–– they are nothing in comparison to the outcropping of rock described by David, in Psalm 61.  He writes: “Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. 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.” (Psalm 61:1-2, NASB)  One can imagine David, (both literally and figuratively) struggling along some craggy, mountainous terrain, exhausted emotionally, physically and spiritually. Feeling both isolated and overwhelmed, as though he’s at the “end of his rope”–– he cries out: “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.” (v. 2)

 

How many of us, on our spiritual journey have become fatigued; only to find ourselves in that place of unsure footing (“when my heart is faint…”). Often, it is in that place where we begin to slip or lose our footing–– we realize our own strength is never sufficient.  When our stamina seems “spent” and our strength fails, that’s when we are ready to allow God’s grace to become operative in our lives and prevail!  And like David, we reaffirm that all along; God has been leading us to “the rock that is higher…” That Rock is Jesus!

 

Ruth Caye Jones, writes these words in her familiar gospel hymn:

In times like these, you need a Savior,

In times like these, you need an anchor;

Be very sure, be very sure,

Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

The Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One,

The Rock is Jesus, The only One

Be very sure, be very sure,

Your anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock.

 

The journey is not over–– Yes, we may grow weary and we may find ourselves discouraged or even disillusioned; but God’s sufficiency remains our mainstay. “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13, NLT)

Continuing on the climb,  Pastor Daryle