Praying when overwhelmed is the theme of this second Psalm for Today, a Psalm of David which was played upon stringed instruments or ‘Neginoth’. Urgency is evident in David’s first words: ‘Hear my cry’ which comes from the inner depths of this deeply distressed man. This plea for the listening ear of God underlines the emotional condition of David and calls for immediate help from the LORD. ‘Attend unto my prayer’ continues the force with which David’s appeal is set forth.
He needs the attention of his God Who alone can bring him relief from these depths of perplexity. There is no answer unless the LORD gives His attending care to David’s needs, and David fully recognizes this fact, therefore, he does not let up in his appeal for help. However, his overwhelming need leads him to go to the Person who is able to meet his overwhelming need.
In (v.2) he uses descriptive and somewhat extreme language to convey his message: ‘From the end of the Earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed’. This word picture emphasizes the degree of David’s appeal in order to reach the LORD while he is in the midst of this desperate condition. But, his third request shows he knows the solution: ‘Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I’
‘The Rock’ refers to the Lord Jesus Christ: “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” (I Corinthians 10:4) The Lord Jesus Christ also is: ‘The Bread of Life…I am The Living Bread which came down from heaven’
(John 6:48, 51) which is the first of the Seven Great I Am titles He gave in the Gospel of John.
He is the only One able to minister to even the most extreme heart troubling situation as His personal invitation to all reveals: ‘Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly of heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light’ (Matthew 11:28-30).
The three requests David makes in (v.1, 2) are based upon this statement in (v.3) ‘For Thou hast been a Shelter for me, and a Strong Tower from the enemy.’ His testimony to the past protection he received from God when He was David’s place of refuge tells us exactly why he now puts his faith in Him to do it again. Therefore, he pledges to continue counting on his God in the future: ‘I will abide in Thy tabernacle forever, I will trust in the covert of Thy wings. Selah.’ (v.4)
Long before the command of the Lord Jesus Christ was given to His eleven disciples in John 15:4 “Abide in Me”, David understood the necessity of being connected to “The Vine” the last of His seven I am titles. David needs full and complete intermingling communion by faith relying upon God’s supernatural protection: ‘Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty’ (Psalm 91:1), which is exactly what we need, Drivers, when our heart is overwhelmed or calm we need to go to The Rock Christ Jesus!
Larry E. ’Wolfman’ Wolfe / www.prewrath.com
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