~Psalm 61:2-4 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. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Imagine yourself on the highest lookout point where you live for a moment. You can see for miles and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking! At this height, you have an advantage, don’t you? You are strategically located and you are able to see any dangers coming your way. Now with this scene in your mind, re-read Psalm 61:2.

As you are going through a difficult time in life, these verses can put things into perspective. We find the use of Jehovah-Jireh (the LORD will provide) in Genesis 22:14. Abraham was willing to offer his own son, Isaac, to God. Any parent can feel the anxiety that Abraham must have felt. However, Abraham trusted God – he loved God and knew that God would work this out. We know from this account that the LORD provided another sacrifice for Abraham. God provided a ram in Isaac’s stead. Our Jehovah-Jireh stands just as ready to provide us with the help we need during time of trial as He did for Abraham.

God has provided a place where we can meet with Him, if not a physical location, then one that leads us, through His word, and speaks to our minds and hearts. It is there in the Scriptures we can seek shelter from the storms of life. On this rock, this higher ground, we are higher than where we were at that moment in time during our trial. If we allow it, each difficult experience in our life will drag us to ‘ground level,’ if you will. However, throughout God’s word, it is evident that He desires that we seek Him and, in so doing, He provides a place, a ‘rock,’ that is higher so we can have that mountaintop experience.

After we have been lifted and refreshed, we can then be secure in the knowledge that Jehovah-Jireh will also cover us with His wings and provide protection from that trial that initially led us to Him. Don’t you find comfort in this? It’s as if God is telling us that if we come to His word, He will provide us with clear vision and peace. Then, as if that’s not enough, He places a cherry on top of the sundae and provides a covering (under His wings) so we can feel His arms around us during our trial.

Friend, wallowing in self-pity will not lead you to that rock that is higher than your circumstances. You will miss it if you are not looking up!

The picture above was taken by a sweet Christian lady, Connie Wentworth and used here with her permission. Her pictures are mostly taken in the State of Maine and depict God’s glorious creation! Thank you, Connie, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!