Psalm 61 is a favorite of mine. The first thing that enters my mind is the rock of Gibraltar as a symbol of strength and safety, I get that same feeling when I read about the “Rock” that is higher than me. There is something about a rock. Throughout my travels I have parked myself upon many a rock in many a different spot.
While hunting I look for a nice rock to park on. When I was younger, if I saw a rock, or knew of one, I had to climb that mountain to witness the view it offered. I felt safe (from things that crept in the wooded underlay) and secure as I knew the ground I was resting on would not give way. Is this not a description of our Lord Jesus Christ? “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Ps. 62:7-8).
We simply must remember there is no rock like “The Rock”. Psalm 61 says He is a rock higher than we. God goes on to describe Himself as a strong tower, a shelter, our defense and our salvation (a veritable Gibraltar).
Man has climbed the highest peaks on Earth; all the while enduring the pain doing so. We attain a sense of satisfaction, but this is merely temporal. Often the rocks we climb lead to false summits. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
One day while living in Jackson, Wyoming, I set off with some provisions and climb I did. As I ascended, God’s glory was present all around. At about 9000 feet elevation I came upon bighorn sheep. Just witnessing that was worth the trek, but I had to go on. I reached the snow line and could go no further because of its depth. With that, I descended some, found a beautiful large rock and settled down. The view was magnificent as I surveyed the Gros Ventre Wilderness. Off in another direction was the majestic Teton Range. I thought I was on top of the world; however, I realized the Tetons at 13800 some feet were at least another 4000 feet above me. As high as I had climbed, I realized I could never attain the loftiness of Heaven through my feeble efforts.
So, what is my point? No matter where we find ourselves in this life, there is always a “Rock” that is higher than we. We may climb physically, but we are limited. However, with Jesus we can obtain that “Rock” in this life and eternally (Rm. 10:9-11,13). Cling to the “Rock” and savor the view. On Christ the solid Rock we stand!