by Seattle ALC
Jesus is the rock of my salvation his banner over me is love
Psalm 61:2,3 From the end of the earth will I cry unto the, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou has been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
It has been said that there is a scarlet thread that run all the way through the Bible. This thread is scarlet or red because of the blood of the Son of God that was spilled on Calvary. It is a thread that is continuous from Old Testament to New. These verses really exemplify how those from the Old covenant knew of this scarlet thread, of this redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
David, king of all Israel penned these words obviously under some duress. We could interpret the words “from the end of the earth” into a more common phrase of being at our wits end, or at the end of ones rope. He recognized that he had exhausted all his resources, which would have been substantial, and remembered to where he must turn or cry as he puts it.
This is where Christ comes into the picture. He of course has been there as the “Rock” the whole time, but David seems to focus that picture and recognize Jesus for what he is.
The high places of this world are formed from rock. To the naked eye, and in our short existence here they seem to be unchanging. This Is our Savior. The Same yesterday, today, and forever. We know him to be a constant and immovable force, but he doesn’t tower over us and cast us in shadow, but instead he leads us up out of the “miry pit to set our feet upon that rock“
The hills have always been a place for armies to set up a good defense. Strategically when you are higher that your enemy, you have the advantage. It provides superior field of view and a position of strength. Our position of strength comes from the One who was lifted up high Between heaven and earth on that cross with his arms outstretched. It was from there that his field of view was so good that even though he could see us who were his enemies, he would say “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. He was brought low, but only for that purpose of conquering Hell in our behalf, and now he reigns in the most high.
Jesus is that strong tower that provides shelter in which We can rest in him and he will protect us both from the onslaught of the the devil and the world, but also from our own flesh. It is in this shelter that we can with the Prophet Isaiah be assured that as God’s people we can “Dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”
Praise the Lord for this Rock that is higher than I!
Submitted by Pastor Stan
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