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Jul 28, 2019 | Randy Gunter

Lead Me to the Rock of Refuge - Psalm 61

Psalms 61:1-8

Lead Me to the Rock of Refuge

King David, Absalom, Tamar and Amnon and Psalm 61 

This Psalm speaks to anyone who experiences hardship, strife, calamity, brokenness, isolation, and other difficulties.

1 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; 2 from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, 3 for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. 4 Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah5 For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. 6 Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations! 7 May he be enthroned forever before God; appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him! 8 So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day.(Psalm 61:1-8 ESV)

Our prayers matter

David hid in the Judean wilderness from the evil intentions of his son, Absalom.  Among the caves of the desert, he felt as though he was at the “end of the earth.”

There are times when we find ourselves exiled from the abundance of life to a place of desolation and deterioration, a place removed from what is known and loved. 

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual

Far and removed, overwhelmed in distress, David prays.  From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint (Psalm 62:2a).

No matter how pushed out and pressed down you may be, prayer is always available.

When we have difficulty finding strength and refuge, the Lord will lead us to what is greater than ourselves, if we ask him.

Strength and refuge wasn’t sought in the powerful allies or with fierce self-determination or even a mighty military fortification.  David knew that he desperately needed the strength and refuge of Almighty God. 

In humility, David asked to be led to the rock that is higher than himself.

There is a higher rock! Jesus is the eternal Healer. Jesus is the Eternal Truth. Jesus is the eternal strong tower and deliverer.

When we have reached the pinnacle of human achievement and experience the greatest that science and benevolence offers, we remain in the shadow of a rock higher than us—Jesus Christ.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.(Psalm 18:2 ESV) 

Lead me to the rock that is greater than my cancer, greater than my struggling finances, greater than my broken relationships, greater than my grieving heart, and greater than any other struggle.

We find refuge and renewal in the Lord’s presence

Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah(Psalm 61:4 ESV)

The tent for which David refers is the tabernacle of God, the place where God determined to be present among his people.  Faithful people, like David, purposefully drew near to God’s dwelling place.  They understood that the presence of God was a place of refuge.

People who have faith in Jesus Christ experience the presence of God differently since the Day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus.  By virtue of his indwelling Holy Spirit, his presence is within us, and will never leave us.

You may lose the sense of his presence, but he will never leave you nor forsake you.


Series Information

The Book of Psalms is full of rich insight into God's plan for our lives. It speaks to our response to God, both in seasons good and bad. 

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