When we are in serious trouble, there is the possibility of help, if we are near a phone by means of which we can contact one who is able to help us. And if the trouble is the rising waters of a flood that threaten to reach a level above our heads, we need to be lifted to a place where we can still breathe the oxygen we need for life.
The child of God, when he exercises his faith in God, is never, no matter where he is, afraid that he cannot reach God. He believes that there is a high point where God will lift him above all that threatens his well-being and life.
David, a child of God, expresses this in Psalm 61:1, 2 in these words: "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."
Here we have a prayer of confidence. Go where you will. Be at the end of the earth. God is very near you. And you do not need to run to a phone. You could lose precious time that way, and help might come too late. You need not cry loudly to God, or even open your mouth to call Him. He knows your thoughts and the prayers in your soul.
God has a Rock that keeps His sheep in absolute safety. That Rock is His Son Whom He lifted up upon His cross to blot out our guilt, and Who is now lifted to God's right hand with power over all things in heaven and on earth. Surely then the child of God is safe no matter where he is and what threatens his well-being. Our powerful enemy, Satan, is completely under Christ's control. Our sins, which call for everlasting agony in hell, will not touch us because of what Christ, our Rock of Refuge, suffered in our stead. We are absolutely safe from all that which would keep us from reaching and enjoying everlasting bliss and blessedness with Him in heavenly glory. We are safe in all the storms of life. Sing these words then:
O God, regard my humble plea;
I cannot be so far from Thee
But Thou wilt hear my cry;
When I by trouble am distressed,
Then lead me on the Rock to rest
That higher is than I.
Read: Psalm 61
Psalter versification: 159:1
(Words and Music of the Psalter)
Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter number 188
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Through the Bible in One Year
Jeremiah 8:8-22 ; Jeremiah 9:1-26
Quote for Reflection:
… O how many children of God today are compromising, dwelling at Half-way House, and in consequence they are not worshippers. O that the Spirit of God may so work upon and within all of us that the language of our lives, as well as that of our hearts and lips, may be “Worthy is the Lamb”—worthy of whole-hearted consecration, worthy of unstinted devotion, worthy of that love which is manifested by keeping His commandments, worthy of real worship. May it be so for His name’s sake. – Arthur Pink (Worship)