Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto You, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I for You have been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the protective covering of Your wings. Selah.
Prayer is our only way to communicate with God whether it is audible or silent. God communicates with us through His Word, visions, dreams, impressions and words spoken audibly to us. Since prayer is how we offer up our petitions to Him then perhaps we should do so more often—don’t you think? Don’t confuse prayer with praise. Praise is verbally expressing our thanks to God for His wonderful works and all that He has done for us.
David made that clear when he said, Hear my cry O God and attend to my prayer. He was so often troubled by those who wanted to take his life so he basically said, “Wherever I am, when my heart is overwhelmed I will cry unto You.” He wanted to be sheltered by the Rock of his salvation—his Messiah. He knew that the Lord had always been a shelter to him.
There is a true story concerning the people who lived in the Yosemite Valley. There was a great earthquake and they were asked where they went to hide while the earthquake was shaking the earth. They said they hid under the ledge of the towering rock called El Capitan. They were asked why they would hide there; weren’t they afraid it would fall on them? There reply was, “If El Capitan fell they knew that the world was coming to an end so then it would not matter.”
In the times when great calamity comes our way there is only one place to hide and that is the “Rock that is higher” than us and that Rock is Christ. We need to be convinced that God is greater than our greatest problem and He is an ever-present help in trouble. While our faith may be challenged, God never is because there is none greater than He. Come, let us hide ourselves under the shadow of the One who loves us most. Look for Him for He is there with you right now. Amen, amen and amen.