The Rock That Is Higher Than I!

Text: Psalm 61:1-8

Introduction: In our  hymnal, “Great Songs of the Church,” William Cushing’s hymn, “O, Safe To The Rock That Is Higher Than I” is linked to  Psalm 61. Psalm 61 says: “Lead me to the  rock that is higher than I.”

Cushing wrote:

O, safe to the rock that is higher than I

My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly;

So sinful, so weary, thine, thine would I be:

Thou blessed Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee –

Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

People who have  lived with the Lord for any length of time know the force of that hymn and the  image it is based  upon. It is because life is filled  with sorrows, and there are times  in life when there is lierally no one else to whom we can trun to for comfort or  help. Some examples:

  • Some people spend most of their time alone.
  • Others are  surrounded by  unsympathizing family; perhaps because these others are  not  Christians and resent the  believer’s convictions and lifestyle.
  • Some have  an unbelieving spouse.
  • Some have  people resenting you at  work.

Yet if they are Christians and have any  experience of the Lord at all, they know that God is a Rock to which they can turn, a  rock that  is higher, wiser, and stronger than themselves.

As was  David’s desire to  know the Lord more  intimately, that  should  be our desire also.We can know God more intimetely than David becasie we know Him in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the Rock of Ages. But He is  also the  Rock that has been cleft for us, crucified, that we might be saved from sin. “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me  hide my self in Thee!”

Jesus is our refuge; but not  only a refuge from human enemies and foes. He is a refuge from the  wrath of God.  He is our tower that we can run into and be safe. He is our tabernacle. John used this  very  word when he wrote John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the  glory of the only  begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Sometimes  we need to feel that we are at our wit’s end before we can discover how wonderful Jesus is.

 

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