Everyone on planet earth is looking for a destiny, some goal in life, and for the bride of Christ that destiny is in the rock that is higher than I. That was David’s heart in Psalm 61 as he cried out to God when he was overwhelmed:
Ps 61:1-2 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
From wherever he is (from the end of the earth), when he is overwhelmed he will cry out to God to ever lead him to the rock that is higher than I. And that same God that led David up higher is ready to lead us when we feel overwhelmed with the challenges and trials attendant to traveling through this world.
God is called rock some 33 times the Bible, such as: The rock of your stronghold (Isa 17:10); My rock and my fortress (Ps 31:3); and The rock of his salvation (Deut 32:15). This is the rock that David wants his overwhelmed heart to be led to; the rock that is higher and more secure than where David stands. It’s on that rock that David feels secure.
Ps 61:3-4 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
David stands by faith upon the rock that he knows from past experience has been his “shelter,” a “strong tower” that has protected him from his enemy. This is the lesson he passed on to his son Solomon, who also knew that in times of trouble, God was the high tower to run to:
Prov 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
It is here that David wants to run, and when he gets there he wants to “abide forever.” It is here that David says that he will “trust” in the safety of abiding under God’s wings. He knows that God will protect him from the storm just as a mother hen protects her chicks. It is here, on the rock, in the high tower, that David finds his security, abiding in God’s presence. And he tells us what he is doing while he is there…
Ps 61:8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
Where do you run when the storm clouds roll in and thunder and lightning invade your world? Who do you turn to? Who do you cry out to?
We need to know the meaning of our life and find that meaning beyond ourselves. David found meaning in the rock that was higher than himself, and it was there that he desired to abide for ever. It’s the same for us as our ultimate meaning in life is to be forever in God’s presence, on the high rock and in His stronghold where we will find our security… in Him.
I remember from somewhere in my distant past a key question that was part of a catechism class: What is the chief end of man? And only now do I fully understand the answer. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” That is our destiny, and there is no higher destiny and no higher rock. But as wonderful as that is, it has to be our decision, our first and forever response to this life. Is it your destiny? If not, it needs to be. We all need to run to “the rock” that is our high tower of strength and security, where we can abide forever and sing praises to our bridegroom.
This is God’s will for your life. Is it yours? If so, you need to Live Your Destiny!