Sometimes we are either besieged by or inundated with trials or a trial. We are hard pressed to continue on, somehow feeling the sentence of death within ourselves.
Those are times with the psalmist to call out to God, to ask him to lead us to the rock that is higher than ourselves. The rock is actually God himself, God’s revelation of himself in Jesus.
Do we come out of this unscathed and unmarked? Not at all. Jacob walked with a limp the rest of his life after he wrestled with God at Peniel and became “Israel.” We may never be the same, and in this case that’s good, even if with that there are things we may need to guard against. There is the truly good life to be lived in God’s presence with his people for his glory, as we see from the rest of the psalm. We are all a kingdom and priests, and the Lord has something special for each one of us. Above all the Lord gives us himself to be with us, and we with him in his saving reign.
And so I remember this psalm this morning as my heart grows faint. I ask God to lead me to the rock that is higher than I. That I might live well with others in Jesus together for the world.