The first casualties of upheaval can be love, kindness, and patience. But crisis is also a moment when love for God & one another can spring up. For 150 days, starting on 17th March 2020, I will write 300 words based on one of the 150 psalms in the bible. How can I find and give love in the midst of coronavirus?
Last night I spent a couple of hours chatting with my cousin, who is the professor of pop music at a university in Massachusetts. It’s a great job to have, and a job I wouldn’t have believed existed before he got it.
When we were children we went walking with our families in Derbyshire. He and I wandered off – and the two of us got lost. We couldn’t find our families. We wandered into some ferns which were taller than we were. We couldn’t see each other. I can still remember the fear that I would never be found.
Finally, we looked up and saw a high point that we recognised. We walked towards it and finally were reunited with our families. We were sooo relieved.
David is desperate again – and he is looking for something higher. Psalm 61 says:
2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
He is crying out from the ends of the earth. This is not because he has gone anywhere – it’s because this is how it feels. He is off track, lost, under pressure, not where he should be – it feels like he’s gone to the end of the earth. His heart is growing faint – he wants to give up.
Does this sound familiar?
He asks to be led to a rock – one that is higher than him. This is God himself. He is a rock-solid & immovable. He is higher – above us, above the world, with the best perspective and the long term view. We need to find Him. This is what to pray when our heart grows faint – God lead me to the rock that is higher than me. We need to see Him. We need to hear His voice. We need to know Him leading us. We need to know that He is bigger than all of it, and can see every detail of what is happening.
By the end of the psalm, it seems David is finding the Rock that is higher than Him:
8 Then I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfil my vows day after day.
God, lead us to you, the one who is higher than us.
May you know Him leading you today. Love Matt