Psalm 61 was written by David for the director of music and designed to be sung with stringed instruments. How lovely it may have sounded when the music swelled to the following words, “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. 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.” Psalm 61:1-2
David knew that no matter where he was, he could call on God.
From the very ends of the earth, God can hear us.
No matter what we are facing, God can hear us.
Then he made a request of God, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
It may seem strange that David was asking to be led to a rock. What good is a rock? Why would David ask that? Just what or who is the rock? What is David referring to in this psalm?
In the Old Testament Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and into a wilderness. They needed water so God directed Moses to a rock and from that rock came life giving water.
But in the New Testament, Paul identified the rock. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 says, “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”
Moses knew there was a rock he could go to.
David knew there was a rock he could go to.
We can go to the same Rock. It is Jesus Christ, Rock of Ages.
Lord, always lead me to Yourself. Rock of Ages, let me always find refuge in You.