There are times when our lives, those things going on, decisions we have to make, our spiritual state, so many things, feel overwhelming. But where does this overwhelm lead you Friend?
Do you cry out with David?…
‘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.’
Is this your desire Friend, to flee to the Rock Christ Jesus and shelter in His love, to feel His strong arms holding you up?
Let’s dig a little deeper into the meanings behind the Hebrew.
From the end – qatseh – an eternity, brink, edge, outermost coast.
of the earth – ‘erets – to be firm, the earth, land, wilderness.
will I cry – qara’- the idea of accosting a person met, to call out, cry unto.
unto thee, when my heart – leb – this has a huge variety of meanings, among them… feelings, will, intellect, the centre of anything, broken, double hearted.
is overwhelmed:- `ataph – shrouded, clothe, hence (from the idea of darkness) to languish, fail, feeble, faint, self.
lead – nachah – guide, transport, bring
me to the rock – tsuwr – a cliff, rock or boulder, figuratively a refuge, mighty God, strength.
that is higher than I. – ruwm – exalted, set up, extolled.
Ah Friends, there’s so much depth here!!
When we feel on the edge, at the brink of despair, in the outermost depths of the wilderness, let’s be like David, crying out to our God, accosting Him, saying with Jacob…
‘I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.’
When our heart is overwhelmed, when the very centre of our being, our feelings and will are in turmoil, when we feel double hearted, pulled in two directions, or shrouded in darkness, languishing and faint in the way, lead guide and bring me to Christ.
Bring me to this rock, this firm foundation, this great Rock, let it be my refuge and hiding place, this Almighty God that is higher than I, exalted above all others and let me rest there, sheltered, safe in the arms of Jesus.
‘For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.’ and He STILL IS Friend… ‘
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me’m
Photos courtesy of Janet Cowie
Ps 61:2, Gen 32:26, Ps 61:3, Heb 13:5,6.