Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
David felt weak and far removed from God’s presence: “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint” (v. 1-2). He was overwhelmed and unable to restore himself to a place of strength and security in God.
He reminded God of what He had done for him in the past: “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” God’s past mercies are a great encouragement to pray and ask Him to do the same as He had done before. What He has graciously done before, will He not do again?
Times of weakness are often times of learning vital lessons, which includes that God is the one who must lead us “to the rock that is higher than I.” David himself gave us the perfect illustration: “As for me, I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.’ By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed” (Ps. 30:6-7).
Prosperity makes us overall self-reliant, as though we’re able to make ourselves strand strong. Yet, all spiritual strength and security is grounded in God’s favor. When we’re overwhelmed, we realize that we don’t have any ability within ourselves to live in state of strength and security in God.
He is not only the one who is our refuge and strong tower, He is also the one who has to bring us into such a place—lead me to the rock that is higher than I. God is not only the end, but also the means to that end. He should always be acknowledged for both.