Are you feeling overwhelmed today?
David knew what that felt like. He lived much of his life in hiding,
even going to live with the enemy because of fear of what Saul
would do to him, and in the Psalms, we see him even admitting this:
"...when my heart is overwhelmed..." (Ps. 61:2 NKJV)
So what did David suggest? "Lead me to the rock that is higher than
I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I
will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of
Your wings." (Ps. 61:2c-4 NKJV)
There is nothing better than going to the Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ:
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my
strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold." (Ps. 18:2 NKJV)
This is beautiful imagery, but just how does one "go" to the
The first clue comes from Ps. 61:2. Here David says, "Hear my cry, O
God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than
In David's words, he is crying out to God, praying for God to attend to
his prayer, and interestingly, he is asking God to lead him to the
rock. In other words, we can't get there on our own, we need to be
I doubt this is surprising to you. When you are in the midst of whatever
overwhelming circumstances encircle you today, it seems so impossible to
just "dump" it all in Jesus' lap. In order to do so, we must do
something: We must cry out to the Lord, we must ask Him to lead us to
But leading would indicate that we must also follow; and this is still
all so abstract. When we are surrounded with the darkness and fear that
accompany our deep circumstances, it is difficult to
follow where God will lead.
Here is a little exercise that I find helpful. As you go through it, you
will experience how focusing on the bigness and vastness of God will
cause our own problems to diminish in our sight, thus making it easy to
allow God to lead us to the rock.
Step one: Pray and ask God to help you focus on
Step two: Prayerfully read the following words line by line.
Meditate upon them, see them in your mind's eye and contemplate the
visual images they conjure up:
"The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, 'Glory!'" (Ps. 29:3-9 NKJV)
Step three: Ask yourself the following question: The Lord, the
Almighty God, full of strength and power and glory, the One who can do
all this, is He too small to handle your circumstance?
Step four: Believe that no matter what it may
seem, God is truly in the midst of your circumstances.
Read verse 10:
"The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever." (Ps. 29:10 NKJV)
This tells us that the same all powerful God sits "enthroned at the
Flood" as "King forever"! The Lord Almighty is already
sitting in the midst of your circumstances!
Step five: Meditate on the final verse of Ps. 29:
"The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace." (Ps. 29:11 NKJV)
Remember: The God who can do all of the above, the Lord who is sitting
in the midst of your circumstances, "will give
strength to His people...will bless His people with peace"!
Are you feeling a bit less overwhelmed? It is because God just led you
to the rock that is higher than your circumstnces!
Remember this little exercise the next time you are feeling overwhelmed.
That Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ, is always there, always
sitting in the middle of our circumstances, always wanting
to give us strength and peace!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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