THE ROCK

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“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I”. Psalm 61:2 NIV

Seneca was adopted from a West Virginia rescue and thus given a West Virginia name.  She is a sweet, stubborn husky who’s namesake is Seneca Rocks, a large crag in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.  Thrill seekers can climb to the top of the rocks for an adrenaline rush and a beautiful view.

A rock is a naturally occurring solid mass of minerals or mineraloid matter.  It is categorized by the minerals included in its chemical composition and the way it is formed.  The composer of Psalm 61 obviously had seen large rocks to compare with Seneca Rocks.

David starts out in verse one of Psalm 61 asking God to hear his prayer.  He is calling from the ends of the earth and his heart was weak.  He asks God to lead him to the rock that is higher than I for God had been his refuge and high tower in the past and he knew God could provide protection and deliverance again.

In the Bible, rocks are a symbol of God’s reliability.  Jesus told us to build our house upon a rock so the house would stand instead of building on the shifting sand (Matthew 7:24-27). 1 Peter 2:4 refers to Jesus as the living stone, rejected by humans but chosen by God.  1 Samuel 2:2 tells us, “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God”.

Our God is our Rock.  He is a strong deliverer.  He will hide you in the cleft of the rock, wrapping his solid arms around you that no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17).

If you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, call out to God.  He is the Rock that is higher than you.

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