“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.”  
(Psalm 61:2)

Sometimes we all reach a low point in our lives 
where we just want to reach out to someone in hopes of finding relief.
It doesn't mean that we have lost our faith or that we don't trust the Lord, 
we just suddenly get discouraged, stressed, or depressed.

When we become a Christian, it doesn't mean that we will live every day on a spiritual high.
It doesn't mean that we will never sink into a valley at times.
What it does mean is that no matter where we are, no matter what is going on,
God's grace, peace, and joy are there with us.
It may not seem like it at times, especially if our focus 
is on our problem, our mood, or what the world offers as a solution.

The tears still come, the pressures are still felt, 
and temptations will continue to invade our thoughts.
But we have a new dimension, a new direction, 
and a new power to face the circumstances we are living in.

At times Paul sunk to the depths of discouragement; so did the Psalmist David.
David took action to cope with his situation and his feelings.
His first action was to call on the Lord.
He may not have felt His closeness at the time, 
but that didn't stop him from calling out His name. 

Even though he was discouraged to the point that his 'heart was growing faint' 
he still called on his source of help and strength - the Lord.
He didn't turn to his friends or those trained in counseling, he turned to the One whom he 
knew could fully understand his situation and had proven Himself to be dependable 
in providing him with help and encouragement during previous times of discouragement.

Then David was specific in his request for help.
As he felt himself sinking lower and lower, he asked the Lord to lead him to a rock.
He needed something to cling to in order to stop his sinking.
However, the rock he was seeking was not just any rock.

Just 'any' rock could keep him in the same valley he was currently in,
so he asked for a rock that was much higher than the plane he was currently on.
He wanted something he could hold on to in order to pull himself up.
In essence, he was saying, 
    "Lord, I am really down right now and You seem so far away. Nevertheless, 
     I know that You are my only source of hope for encouragement. Even though 
     I can't see You and feel Your presence, I will still call on You, because 
     I have faith that You will hear me. The world cannot provide me with what 
     I need because nothing in the world can read my heart as You can. You know 
     my state of being and what can elevate me out of this valley. I am asking 
     You to provide me with a rock of encouragement that I can cling to and pull 
     myself out of this depressing mire I am struggling with. Help me to 
     focus more on You than I do on my problems."

Isn't it comforting to know that throughout history, 
others also sunk into depression, but they knew where to go for relief.
They may not have 'felt' like calling on the Lord, but they had a faith and trust 
in His ability to give them what they needed, when they needed it.

We can see the value of reading God's Word, can't we?
Without reading about these instances in other believers, 
we could start to assume all kind of wrong things.
We could question our relationship with the Lord, 
if we did not read about others before us who also felt the Lord was very far from them.

We could flounder around for a long time trying to solve our situation in our own strength, 
if we did not read about how others went to the Lord and found relief and encouragement.
We could just pray in generalities, if we did not read about how others 
made specific requests whenever they cried out to the Lord.

Are you in an unpleasant or undesirable point in your own life right now?
Have you been trying to seek help from the world, 
or have you been relying on your own strength?
Consider the example set forth by those before you 
who have dealt with similar circumstances in their lives.

    "Heavenly Father, I thank You that You are always there even during the times You
     seem to be a far distance from me. I know that I can always call on You and You
     will hear my prayers. Thank You for being the One I can depend on to provide me
     with a rock of encouragement that is solid and dependable. Thank You for Your Word
     that gives me examples of Your faithful and trustworthy help to those before me.
     Without my faith that You are available, caring, loving and dependable, I would 
     have no hope. You are my Rock and You are the One I look to for encouragement."

About Don Woodruff

Retired from FedEx and dedicated to sharing God's Word with others. I send out devotionals M-F and have written two books: "The Crucifixion Catalyst / Unspoken Messages From God To Believers" (published and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble **out of print**) and "I'm Saved Now What?" (unpublished). I am currently working on a third one that will be a Daily Devotional.


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