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"The Rock That is Higher Than I"

February 1, 2003

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Psalm 61:2 "I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

To what does a drowning man cling when he feels that death is only a moment away? To his watersoaked briefcase which he is hugging to his breast? To his wet clothing which can finally only drag him down to a watery grave? No! He reaches out and away from himself to something solid and immovable -- something to which he can hold fast despite the undertow of the swirling water.

It was such a crisis moment that made David cry out: "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." It is significant how often David refers to the Lord as his rock. He says: "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer" (Psalm 18:2). Again, "He alone is my rock and my salvation" (Psalm 62:2).

David knew that his own heart was not reliable in moments of crisis. When the storms of life were upon him, he dared not look in (there was only doubt, uncertainty, guilt, and despair); but he could always look out and up to the rock that was higher than he. That rock was the changeless Lord and His changeless Word. In that rock is safety, in that rock is salvation not only for David, but also for you and for me. That is why we pray:

PRAYER: O Lord, my Rock of Ages, help me to cling to You in my moments of crisis. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Genesis 36-38    Matthew 21:1-22

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