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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Psalm 61:1-4 (Pt. 2) Thought/Prayer: The Rock of Higher Ground. Topics: 2 at end.
“Hear My Cry; Listen to My Prayer
Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in your tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of your wings. Selah.” (AKJV) (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)
This rock that is spoken of here. Although it could be a rock that is hard to climb on top of, needing the help of the Lord, it also is thought to be Jesus Christ. He is the Rock of salvation. 2 Samuel 22:47: “The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation” (AKJV).
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
Mr. Johnson Oatman, Jr., the lyricist of the hymn “Higher Ground” is asking to be taken to higher ground, just as in the scripture: that of the Lord. He wants to be lifted up with feet firmly planted on the higher ground of the Lord. In the refrain he tells us that this is by faith.
The second verse is telling us through the lyrics that this believer wrote that he wants the Lord to take him up and beyond a life with doubts and fears. Verse three indicates his desire to live above the dangers of this world, from Satan. His ears are tuned to that above, through faith. He pictures saints singing in Heaven.
Verse four tells of his desire to be in glory, Heaven’s brightness. But, until then, he will just go on praying to get to that “higher ground,” to get to that Rock who is higher than he is . . . higher than anything anywhere, the Lord.
In all Christian service by believers, is this not one of the objectives through the Lord? Don’t we all hope to be lifted up in our service . . . but not through our own efforts. We prayerfully rely on God to carry us forward and upward. In fact, as we serve in different areas of ministry, including standing for created LIFE, we probably do not know if we are going higher and higher. Really, if we are humbly serving, we are not aware of an upward angle of our path. But hopefully, from time to time we will be aware that we have gained “altitude,” if you will . . . but only through a deeper understanding of God and His purposes for us, through the work He leads us into.
Lord, we thank You that we can desire to serve you on a higher plane than in days past. But as we serve, let us not strive to lift ourselves higher. Let us just serve day in, day out, however You call us. But thank You , Lord, when we do realize that we are deepening in our walk. And that You bless.
Topics: Pray for humility in service, but praise God for quiet upward growth in that service.
King for America (Dr. Alveda King)