I have a confession to make. In those moments when I feel overwhelmed, my first thought is not always as it should be. Biblically, I know my first thought should be directed heavenward. I should call upon the Lord, for He is “my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Not always is it the case, however, that just because I know what I should do, I simply go and do it. Far too often when I am overwhelmed, my first thought is not heavenward but “earth-ward.” I try to figure things out on my own. Why am I overwhelmed? What do I need to do to move beyond this plight?
Those are good questions to ask, but they should be asked in proper order. When my children were toddlers and would fall down on the pavement in their rush to chase a ball, their first reaction was to cry out for their mom or me to come to the rescue. They didn’t sit there trying to analyze the cause of their fall and what they could have done differently. Yes, as we mature, we do need to ask those questions. But why is it that as we “mature” we tend to forget that childlike quality of crying out to the very One who can come to our aid and wipe our tears from our eyes?
I wonder how many blessings of God’s comfort and strength we fail to receive simply because we’re not looking for them. We’re not crying out to Him with childlike faith and surrender. David writes, “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy” (Psalm 61:1-3).
“…from the end of the earth….” It doesn’t matter the distance you feel between you and God, you can still cry out to Him with the assurance that He hears, loves and delivers. You can be from the ends of the earth and know He is still near.
“…when my heart is faint….” The King James translates this as, “…when my heart is overwhelmed….” In those moments of great desperation, God listens and leads us “to the rock that is higher….”
“…for you have been my refuge….” David recalls God’s deliverance in times past to bolster his assurance of God’s deliverance in the present. He has been your refuge before, and He will do it again!
“…a strong tower against the enemy….” The military post of a strong tower stood high above the enemy, and the strong tower of our God is impenetrable. His strong tower protects us in our weakness and most vulnerable moments.
If your heart is overwhelmed today, be assured that the prayer of David offered centuries ago can be your prayer for this season of your life. Pray it with childlike faith and surrender. He will hear your cry, lead you to a higher rock, and be your refuge and strong tower against the enemy.