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Psalm 61: the rock that is higher than I

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The overwhelming of the human heart cries out for a God and a power who is able to truly save. Mere human or earthly help is of no avail. Neither can one stand upon a rock that gives one merely a human view of the troubles. One needs to stand upon a high rock, far above human perspective. There are many "rocks" in the Bible and in the psalms; a modern reader can never be sure what rock David is meditating on..if there ever was one. Yet, whether it is the rock Moses struck with his rod or some other rock, the true rock is God.

David describes the rock as a shelter, a strong tower, and a tent (a tabernacle.) Such a rock provides a defense, a covering, and comfort.

Later, during the days of Jesus, Jesus changed Simon's name to Peter. From "a reed" to "a rock."

God is a rock, and he is steadfast and worthy of trust. Those who lean on such a rock will never fail. Christians are to become steadfast in much the same way...especially so in our steadfastness to our vows to God.

1{To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.} Hear 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.

3For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

4I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

5For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

6Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.

7He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

8So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.



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