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Lead me to the Rock that is Higher than I

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The Psalms make wonderful devotional reading.  You can read them or sing them or pray them.  You can also just meditate upon them.  Many lines carry a significant weight much greater than the number of words they contain.  So it is with Psalm 61:2 Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Surely this is primarily about seeking refuge in God.  But even more it is also about just getting outside of yourself.  Acknowledging that you are not the center of the universe, that there is something greater out there.

It has been said that there are no true atheists.  Everyone worships something.  The difference between a Christian and an atheist is simply that a Christian worships the Creator of all things, while an atheist worships some sort of small god of his or her own making.  They may worship self, or career or science or rationalism or progress or pleasure.  They may even worship something that is on its face a positive such as family or service or volunteerism.  Wherever you find your identity, security and meaning in life this is the god you worship (Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb).

Even Christians fall pray to this temptation much of the time, allowing many things which are not the one Creator God to become elevated in our hearts.  This is simply idolatry and it can creep in very subtly in a million ways.  

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-4)

David's prayer in Psalm 62, Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, is a prayer to ask God to help us set our minds on things above.  Things outside of us, above us, greater than us.  This is a declartion of war against our human flesh which forever wants to set itself as the highest thing. 

When we head up to that higher rock, we have a much better view of everything... things fall into their proper perspective.  Something that seemed so important or concerning becomes a tiny speck from so high up.  Lord, lead us to that rock which is higher than us, may we ever be placing our minds on things above, Amen.