The Rock That Is Higher Than I

March 28, 2020

A Rock That is Higher Than I

By Russell George

This rock is mentioned in Psalm 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.” Again and again in the Psalms David tells us that his rock is God. The following are a few verses that show this truth. “For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?” (Psalm 18:31). “Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.” (Psalm 28:1). “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.” (Psalm 62:1-2).I’m glad I have found this rock. It gives me stability. It gives me a place to fasten my anchor. It gives me something firm to hold onto.

The rock gives me direction in life. I need knowledge and wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong. My parents tried to teach me that when I was a child. They couldn’t teach me all I would need to know for my life. We keep on making decisions as long as we live. In the Bible we find the answers to many questions we have about right and wrong. As Christians we need to seek God’s will for our life. Not all our questions are a matter of right or wrong. By means of prayer we seek God’s will day by day.

The rock that is higher than I keeps me from being like the unstable man James mentions in James 1:8. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” This world is full of double minded people. They can easily have an influence on us. We are constantly surrounded by temptations. If we don’t have a firm grip on the rock it’s easy to let go. We may say, “Oh well, just this once I’ll do it.” Once may be all it takes to get us off the right path. We may never get back on it again.

God doesn’t put restrictions on what we can do to limit our joy. Ecclesiastes 2:26 says, “For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy.” God puts limits on what we can do so we can have the joy of living in a peaceful society. If I steal someone’s barbecue grill I can have the pleasure of eating some steaks that I cooked on it. It means, however, that someone has lost the pleasure of eating steaks he cooked on the grill I stole from him. If we abide by God’s laws we can all have mutual joy. Is that hard to understand and accept?

Unfortunately, many have abandoned the belief that the truth is absolute. They have accepted the theory of relativism. The same goes for the laws of right and wrong. That leaves the door open for chaos and confusion. The rock that is higher than I doesn’t move. The rock that is God doesn’t change. What God said in the beginning hasn’t changed. Why is it that so many are opposed to the Ten Commandments? What do they find wrong with them?

God says in Exodus chapter 20, verse 13, “Thou shalt not kill.” I don’t want to live in fear that someone is going to kill me. Therefore, I should never entertain the thought of killing someone. In verse 15 God says, “Thou shalt not steal.” I don’t want anyone to steal what is mine, and I shouldn’t steal what belongs to someone. In verse 16 he says “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” I don’t have a high regard for liars, and if I was a liar, I couldn’t expect others to respect me. In verse 17 he says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.” I don’t want for any man to covet my wife and I shouldn’t lay my eyes on the wife of another. Those laws make for a peaceful society. Let’s keep it that way.

I share the desire of the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:24. “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” I too want to finish my course with joy. I know I will do that if I keep my grip on the rock.

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