“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Ps 61:2b)
As you slurp coffee and power up your laptop for another day at work, why not take a quick pause to consider the powerful and subversive nature of Psalm 61. In verse two the Psalmist prayerfully longs for some rather radical things:
- “Lead me” requires humility and not arrogant assurance. It’s a life posture that looks to another for direction, advice and life-shaping.
- “the rock” is a heart recognition that something (or more accurately someone) outside of ‘me’ has permanence and stability that far outweighs my best efforts on my best days.
- “That is higher than I” is guerilla warfare in a culture filled with hacks to promote ‘me, myself and I’. This prayer reminds me that sometimes it is very good to be overshadowed by another