Psalms 62:2 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.
Overwhelmed! It is the inward feeling we sense when outside circumstances threaten to envelope us. It is a word that can describe a father dealing with a wayward child. It can describe a mother trying to manage a home and make ends meet. It can describe a pastor who is juggling his weekly church schedule of a death, a birth, a troubled marriage, and sermon preparation while trying to spend time with his own family. Sadly, it seems that the word “overwhelmed” has come to be the description of our everyday life.
The 3 phrases in this verse, designated by punctuation marks, inform us of three truths to hold on to when overwhelmed.
- He shares that there is no distance too great for God’s deliverance. He could cry out to God from the ends of the earth. No matter how great the wave that threatened to overwhelm him; he knew he could cry out to God for deliverance.
- He shares that there is no disappointment too severe that prevents God’s deliverance. Our heart tends to be the barometer when we are overwhelmed. The psalmist speaks with a calmed confidence in his Creator’s ability to deliver.
- He shares that there is no despair too deep that prevents God’s deliverance. The rock of God’s deliverance is always higher than the depths of our despair.
This verse should bring hope and a heart refreshing for the overwhelmed servant of God. Let this verse be your priority, prayer, and purpose when faced with overwhelming problems! “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” This verse should make you rejoice for God’s Long reaching hand [ends of the earth], God’s Love [when my heart is…], and God’s leading [the rock higher than I].