Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 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.
5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.
7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
Let's apply the first two verses of this Psalm to our spiritual life. Maybe you are walking under a blazing sun and through a desert that has made your heart faint and exhausted. Do you feel like you won't be able to keep on living unless you find some relief? The Rock that you are desperately searching for that will give you shade and save you is God. Not only that, He is also your shelter and your tower of strength. I think of a shelter as something that protects me from a storm, including the storms of stress and loss that affect us all. Also I think of a strong tower as a structure that is built to protect me against enemies who are coming against me. I need a refuge designed for protection in order to survive them.
Where can I find this Rock of Salvation, this Shelter in the time of storm, this Mighty Fortress? David testifies that it is in the Tabernacle--dwelling in God's presence. Is this Refuge for me? It is for anyone who accepts Christ's blood, sprinkled on the mercy seat, under the shadow of the cherubim wings in the Sanctuary above.
Marla Samaan Nedelco
Southern Adventist University
Collegedale, Tennessee USA