“Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I” (Ready to Worship S5E16)

Ready to Worship Season 5, Episode 16 for Friday, May 26, 2017

In the Sixty-First Psalm David wrote, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From 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” (Psa. 61:1-2). To be overwhelmed is to be weary or faint. David was overwhelmed. He was tired. It was out of this weariness that David utters the beautiful prayer that is contained in these verses.  In this podcast, we will examine Davids prayer and make application to our own lives. 

Episode Transcript

In the Sixty-First Psalm David wrote, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From 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” (Psa. 61:1-2). To be overwhelmed is to be weary or faint. David was overwhelmed. He was tired. It was out of this weariness that David utters the beautiful prayer that is contained in this chapter. Let’s examine Davids prayer in more detail: 

David’s prayer began with the words, “Lead me.” David knew that he needed guidance. He knew that he could not direct his own steps (Jer. 10:23). David was well aware of the snares that had been set for him. He knew that one wrong step could prove disastrous. In the One Hundred and Forty-second psalm, David wrote, “I cried unto the Lord with my voice;!with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.

I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me” (Psa. 143:1-3). David worshipped because he needed guidance. 

David’s prayer continued, “To the rock.” David was asking God to lead him to the rock. David was well aware of how uncertain the ground was beneath his feet. In the Fortieth psalm, David wrote, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,

and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings” (Psa. 40:1-2).  David worshipped because he needed solid ground beneath his feet. 

David’s prayer ended with the words, “That is higher than I.” David was looking for high ground. He was looking for a place that would give him a better or a greater perspective. He was looking for a place that would offer him more security or safety. In the eighteenth psalm, he wrote, “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places” (Psa. 18:33). In the one hundred and seventh psalm, he used this language again. We read, “Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock” (Psa. 107:41). With Saul after him, David was seeking the high ground. David worshipped because he needed security. 

As we get ready to worship this week, we need to meditate on David’s prayer – Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” We need guidance, stability, and security. 

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