Psalm 61 is God’s prescription for those who are overwhelmed. Face it, life tends to be quite overwhelming in and of itself, apart from all of the added difficulties that we encounter along the way. My question for you today is this: should there not be a significant difference between a disciple of Christ and a non-believer when life gets tough?
Oh course there should. Even within the body of Christ, what really separates those who conquer from those who fail? Is it not the individual’s response towards Christ and his perception of the situation?
What do you do when you are overwhelmed? David, the man of God, would reply, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.” Isn’t that what we are supposed to do? Is that not what it means in Romans 12:12, where we are exhorted to be “continuing steadfastly in prayer”? David said, “Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”
We are not supposed to be the rock; that’s secular counsel. Jesus is the Rock to whom we turn. Only He can put out the fires of life and calm the raging sea of adversity. Do you believe that today? Do you believe that with all of your heart?
You see, Jesus is a risen Savior, and that is a fact! However, if your prayer life is clouded with doubt and unbelief of that fact, I’m afraid you are doing nothing more than wishing for things to take a turn for the good.
Is Jesus your Rock today? If so, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you! We must hide in our heart these precious truths, or I’m afraid some of us would be found “believing in vain.”
No, Jesus is not a crutch … He’s more! He’s our Shelter and strong Tower. May God’s grace teach us how to lean upon our Savior. He’s accessible every second. He cares for you! When we know that, I mean really know that, then we can sing praises to Him forever.
Remember, when feeling overwhelmed, do first what you usually do last – pause (selah) and pray, and believe everything is going to be just fine because God has promised that it would be. You are surrounded by an immovable Rock, and His name is Jesus!