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Lead Me To the Rock
Monday, February 22, 2016 by Dr. Ron Susek

Lead Me to the Rock
by Ron Susek
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Lead me to the rock  that is higher than I . . .
Psalm 61:2
 
      Is your God a rock higher than you, or a tiny pebble under your foot? The answer lies in how you react when a large wave of trouble is rolling right at you.
      No one walks in unwavering faith-confidence in every situation, not even King David. In Psalm 61 he rose from having a "faint heart" to confident praise. His prayer offers insight to intercessors.
      First, he is deeply troubled: "Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer."
      Seconddesperate, David prays ". . . from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint."
      Three, David is not being poetic. He knew God was bigger than his trouble, but admits that his faith is lagging behind his knowledge. Thus, he pleads, "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." We often say, "I know what God can do, but I do not know what He will do. This shows that we are standing on a pebble in need of a boulder.
      Four, David recounts God's history in his life. He prayed ". . . for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against my enemy." This helps when hope is obscured by the impossibility (or unlikelihood) of a good outcome.
      Five, each new battle brings profound fatigue. Seeking relief, David prayed, "Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wing." Sometimes that rest is a long time coming.
      Six, the king reminds God, "For you, O God, have heard my vows . . . ." It is fine to make promises if you fulfill them. It is wiser to appeal to God on the strength of His faithfulness. "For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory" (2 Corinthians 1:20).
      Seven, David prays to long outlive the wave of trouble after it passes. "Prolong the life of the king, may his years endure to all generations. May he be enthroned forever before God; appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!"
      Eight, He closes with both praise and promise. Of praise he says, "So I will sing praises to your name . . ." Of promises he prays, ". . . as I perform my vows every day."
      David offers a good pattern for intercession. We do not know how long God took to plant his faith on the higher rock. It is always a process. We do know, however, that his answer came! His throne became the seat of authority for the Messiah's reign.  
     Likewise, no matter how long it may take for God to lift your feet from a pebble to The Rock, intercede until your answer comes. The trouble that threatens to swallow you like a mighty wave inevitably pounds against the eternal Rock upon which you stand, spends its strength and washes back out to sea. As you remain upon the unmovable Rock, so you yourself shall not be moved!
 
Immanuel: God is with you!
Your friend,
Ron
 
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