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What does it mean when the psalmist asks God to "lead me to the rock that is higher than I" in Psalm 61:2?

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In Psalm 61:2, the psalmist David pleads with God, "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." At several times throughout the psalm, the author cries out to God and seeks His help. He asks God to "hear" his cry and "listen" to his prayer (Psalm 62:1). Through these exclamations, the psalmist recognizes that he cannot trust in his own strength and pleads with God to be his "rock."

The psalmist calls out to God from a place of dire need: "From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint" (Psalm 61:2). The writer feels isolated and weary; he is fast losing hope. Then comes the petition: "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I" (Psalm 61:2). As he makes the request, David remembers the past help he has received from the Lord: "For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe" (Psalm 61:3). God's goodness in the past gives David faith to pray in the present difficulty.

When David asks God to "lead me to the rock that is higher than I," he's asking God to be his place of refuge. The Bible frequently refers to rocky formations as places of safety and security where one could hide from an enemy. In 1 Samuel 13:6, some Israelite men hid in rocky caves to flee from the pursuing Philistines. In Psalm 18:2, David refers to God as "my rock, in whom I take refuge." When God is referred to as a "rock," the picture is not of a small rock that someone could hold in his hand. Rather, God is like a large boulder or even a rocky mountain that serves as a foundation and place of refuge.

When the psalmist asks God to "lead me to the rock that is higher than I," he's also asking God to lift him up to a place of shelter and protection. Some understand the phrase "the rock that is higher than I" as a reference to the city of Jerusalem, which sits atop a mountain ridge (see Jeremiah 21:13). However, David could simply be asking God to lead him to God Himself, who is the "highest ground" one could seek. Both in biblical times and today, higher ground is considered safe and secure because it provides a strategic vantage point and is easily defended. Think of how people seek out higher ground when flood waters begin to rise or how combatants in warfare seek to take the higher ground from their enemy.

When we ask God to "lead me to the rock that is higher than I," we're acknowledging that He is our refuge and security and that He will provide us protection and shelter in times of trouble.

 

 

 

 

1. The Psalmist David pleads with God ''Lead me to the rock that is higher than i''. True or False

2. David is the author of about 73 Psalms. True or False

3. David is mentioned as tha author of 2 psalms by writers in the New Testament. True or False

4. Psalm 2 is attributed to David in Acts 4:25. True or False

5. Psalm 98 is attributed to David in Hebrews 4:2. True or False

6. David recognized that he could not trust in his own strength. True or False

7. David did not plead with God to be his ''rock''. True or False

8. David called upon God from a place of dire need. True or False

9. David's heart was not overwhelmed. True or False

10. David did not feel isolated. True or False

11. David did not feel weary. True or False

12. David was not losing hope fast. True or False

13. God's goodness in the past gives David faith to pray for the present difficulty. True or False

14. When David asked God ''Lead me to the rock that is higher than I'' he was asking God to be his place of refuge, True or False

15. Rocky formations were not places of safety. True or False

16. Rocky formations were not places of security. True or False

17. When the Psalmist David asked God ''Lead me to the rock that is higher than I'' he was asking  God to lift him to a place of shelter. True or False

18. When the Psalmist David asked God ''Lead me to the rock that is higher than I" he was asking God to lift him to a place of protection. True or False

19. David was never in trouble. True or False

20. We do not know the life circumstances that prompted David to write Psalm 61. True or False

21. David asked God to hear his cry. True or False

22. David asked God to attend to his prayer. True or False

23. ''From the end of the earth'' is a metaphor for despair. True or False

24. ''From the end of the earth'' is not a metaphor for alienation. True or False

25. ''From the end of the earth'' is not a metaphor for spiritual distance from the Lord. True or False

26. When David's heart was overwhelmed he needed  at least three things. True or False

27. David needed the the rock. True or False

28. David needed a rock higher than himself. True or False

29. David needed God to lead him to the rock. True or False

30. Jesus Christ is the Rock higher than I. True or False

31. Jesus was not higher because of His divine origin. True or False

32.Jesus was not higher because of His perfect obedience. True or False

33. Jesus was higher because of His supreme sufferings. True or False

34. Jesus was higher because of His ascension to the right hand of power. True or False

35. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. True or False

36. Be still and know that He is God. True or False

37. With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. True or False

38. He restores my soul. True or False

39. David never felt overwhelmed. True or False

40. Come unto me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. True or False

 

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