“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 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. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations. He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.“
In the book of Psalms, we find David in desperate cry unto GOD! We have all prayed before, perhaps your walk with God is beautiful, Amen! David was not just praying though. He begins with “Hear my cry, O God,” exemplifying the true nature of his prayers. The Hebrew word (rin-naw) is used in this text; meaning,” a creaking, or shrill sound.” It is more commonly used in text to display need for help in the time of emergency, as in crying out to God for help! David needed to hear from God!
(Psalms 61:1) “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.“
Perhaps you need to hear from God too. Your prayer may be like David’s. Friend, God hears you! Wife, Mamma, Auntie, Grandma, Nana, Pastor’s Wife~ As a born-again christian; God is your rock, will shelter you and he will be your strong tower midst the enemy!
(Psalms 61:2) “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.“
As we see, David began in prayer with stress and trouble. His heart was overwhelmed. He is determine through any trial he will stick close to God ‘From the end of the earth…’ Wherever we are, whatever state of which we are in; we have the liberty to access God and open wide, the throne of grace. Dear sister, if you are overwhelmed, lift it up to God. Cry unto Him! He IS there to support us and relieve us. James 5:13 & Psalm 20:6 May we have that same confidence. Whatever circumstances are overwhelming us, may we remember God is bigger. It is not too heavy that it cannot be lifted up to HIM!
(Psalms 61:3 & 4) “For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.“
He IS that rock that is higher than you and I. In verse 3, David pleads HIS petition. Sister, plead unto God! Past experiences are like grappling hooks to the mountain climber OR recipes to the chef. They are not required, but definitely helpful! Our experiences should encourage us to have hope, that our prayers and time is not in vain. Proverbs 18:10. It helped David. Look at verse 4, he was going to continue in the way to God (His dependence on HIM).
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
(Psalms 61:5-7) “For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations. He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.”
So, friend, if you are feeling overwhelmed, remember HE is there. HE hears you and cares. Cry unto HIM and draw near. Rest under his wings. (“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” Psalms 91:1) God’s grace and the covenant of that grace is meant for us to rely on, a constant comfort we can rest assured that will always be there for us, it’s a promise to HIS children! David is referring to his vows and that God was a witness of those “good” things and his obedience. As is God for us.. We can rely on that walk to be a crutch when feel like we can barely crawl. Rest on HIM. Place your head upon his lap. If need be, weep. Cry unto HIM! HE graciously awaits. Then the best part arrives; David begins to praise God continually.
(Psalms 61:8) So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
Notice, it does not say any contingency plan or when God answered, David praised. David knew God heard HIM and trusted! May we walk away with that. Some of the sweetest songs and hymns ever written were those in excruciating heart ache praising God. So, let us remember, that wherever we are today, we can praise HIM!
Sure, cry, lay it at HIS feet, petition, trust, BUT continue to abide and trust the truth written; there is nothing more secure than being under the protection of God’s mercy and truth. We do not need to desire anything else, just praise him continually and keep pressing forward. Dear friend, may you leave here praising if you arrived overwhelmed!
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.“