“When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” -Psalm 61:2 (ASV)
I haven’t been able to shake this verse from Psalm 61 for about a week now.
For starters, the psalmist says when my heart is overwhelmed not if my heart gets overwhelmed.
Because God knows our hearts are almost always overwhelmed.
overwhelmed with …
So the psalmist cries out to God in prayer.
He’s begging God to lead him
to the rock that is higher than I.
In the Bible, the word rock is a symbol of strength and permanence and a place where people in danger take refuge.
The rock here is literally a symbol for God Himself … a safe and secure place.
“You’ve always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all.” Psalm 61:3 (The Message)
So he’s crying out for God to lead him …
to a place of safety
and into God’s presence.
because when you are in the presence of God, on higher ground, your perspective changes.
you see things more clearly,
you see more than just yourself,
and you begin to see a bigger picture.
I’ve learned when we cry out to God in prayer, so often its not our circumstances that change but our perspective.
Because perspective changes what you think about.
And what you think about changes what you desire.
And what you desire changes how you act.
And how you act changes your life.
So literally entering into the presence of God, even for just a few moments, changes your life.
Because its in His presence, for those brief few moments, we experience a peace which surpasses all understanding.
Praying in your overwhelmed moments this week you cry out to the rock.