KING David was a powerful man of God. Probably one of the most dedicated followers of the Lord in human history. He is right up there with the likes of The Apostle Paul, Moses, The Law-Giver, and Abraham, The Father of Faith. And yet, he like so many other giants of the faith struggled with life from time to time.
IN Psalm 61:2 David writes, "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."The first phrase in this verse is, "From the ends of the earth I call to you."This word "ends" means the border, the outskirts, the extreme quarter. In other words, David was really saying, "Lord, I'm at the end of the road." What the end of the road literally means is he was out of options with no where to turn. Ever been there? I sure have.
MAYBE you are at the end of the road in your finances. Your out go is greater than your income and you don't know what to do. Your rent or mortgage is too high, your fuel bills are out of control and there is nothing you feel you can do. Habakkkuk, a prophet in the Old Testament knows just how you feel. He said in Habakkuk 3:17-18, "Though the fig-tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." Somehow, even with nothing, Habakkuk could find reason to rejoice... His Savior.
THE second thing David said from Psalm 61:2 was that "I call as my heart grows faint."The key word in this phrase is "faint" and means overwhelmed, feeble, weary. In other words David was not only at the end of his road, he was at the end of his ropes. He had nothing left of himself but to call on God for help. I can't tell you how many times I've been there. Not only confused and feeling out of options (end of the road) but at my wits end feeling like I have no resources and nothing but confusion and helplessness in my circumstances.
LIFE is tough. The stuff that seems to get hurled at us from every which direction can be overwhelming for us mere mortals. Even a powerful man like David. Ah, but God, nothing rattles Him. He is greater than all our problems. The Apostle Paul was in a similar situation as David was and as we are at times. He was battling a physical ailment and repeatedly asked the Lord to take it away from him. But here is what God said to him in II Corinthians 12:9-10, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." No matter how weak you may feel, God is mighty and His grace is sufficient for you as it was for Paul, Habakkuk and David.
FINALLY, David wrote, "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." This is where it all gets summed up. David was at the end of the road, the end of his ropes and the end of himself.
GOD, having given us free will, allows us to flounder about, struggling with the difficulties of life. He patiently waits for us to come to the end of ourselves and then look to Him. This is what it means when David said, "The rock that is higher than I." We, like David, must reach up to God and then He is able, because of our humility, to reach down to us. The "rock" David was referring to was a place of stability and sure footedness. It was also a place higher than his circumstances and situations. The thing about a "higher rock" is also a place of better perspective where vision and safety are available. This is the place we need to be. But we must call out to God to get there.
THE Bible tells us the "rock" was symbolic of Jesus. In Matthew 21:42 Jesus refers to Himself as the "...Stone the builders rejected..." But He wasn't the "Stone" David rejected. He was the rock David rested on, his place of safety and perspective and the one greater.
AS I said earlier, life is tough. But Jesus is not affected by the difficulties of life. He tells us in John 16:33, "...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." If you're at the end of your road and the end of your ropes, come to end of yourself and call on Jesus.