Higher Than I

Today's devotion from Psalms 61, 62, & 63.

As I began reading these psalms, I was captivated by the imagery David used to describe his thoughts in Psalm 61. We aren't told, specifically, the time, place, or event that inspired his words. Regardless, I can't help but see the beauty in them regardless of the setting.

David has found himself in need of God's intervention. God must hear his cries. He must respond. David's heart is weak and weary. He is faint, and there is only one source of hope for him. God must help.

These themes are not unfamiliar within the psalms. David's life was very turbulent at times. The interesting concept to me is in the wording he uses when he writes, "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." (Psalm 61:2, ESV)

I think the reason these words strike me as they do is because of the humility that flows from them. It's one thing to ask for God's help. But when we do, we often use language that expresses the desire for God to come down to our level. There is nothing inherently wrong with this wish. After all, that's the gospel. Jesus did come down to us.

However, when we call on God to rescue us by coming to us, in a way, we are looking for an instantaneous event. We're looking for Him to snatch us from defeat, doom, and chaos. David's expression communicates more. He doesn't just want God to yank him to safety. He wants God to lead him on a journey from the place where he is to the better place, to the rock that is higher, to the place that is safe, to the high ground more easily defended. It's not just what he is being saved from, but what God is saving him to.

Unfortunately, we often want God to save us from the situation, not the setting. We want God to preserve and protect us without necessarily changing anything about us. We want God to save us from drowning, but not pull us from the water. We want God to protect us from the flames, but to let us keep playing with the fire.

Maybe we should stop praying for salvation so much, and, instead, pray for His leadership toward the rock that is higher?