Words from the Heart for Friday June 16th, 2017
From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:2 (NKJV)
Lead Me To the Rock
If you were to sit at the water’s edge and watch the ocean waves come in and crash against a very large rock, you could picture the truth of this verse. We can fear that we will be drowned in all that is coming against us. Yet the Lord picks us up out of the waves and sets us on the rock which is stronger and higher than the reach of the waves.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Believe it or not, there were two Fathers of Confederation named John Hamilton Gray, one from New Brunswick and the other from Prince Edward Island. The younger John Hamilton Gray, from New Brunswick, was born in Bermuda, the son of a British diplomat. He was called to the bar in New Brunswick and became Speaker of the assembly there until 1867. He was elected to the Commons at Confederation, but only served one term. When British Columbia joined Confederation, Gray was asked to serve as a member of the Supreme Court of that province, a role he reluctantly accepted. He died in Victoria, BC in 1889 and is the only Father of Confederation buried west of Ontario.
When was the last time you felt overwhelmed? With the pace of life these days, and the pressures that often mark our days, it is easy to feel like we are just about to run out of rope. Those of us who are followers of Jesus know that we can trust Him to provide all that we need when we are feeling like our own resources are depleted. As the old hymn says “when we reach the end of our hoarded resources, our Father’s full giving has only begun.” King David experienced this as well and writes in Psalm 61:2: “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” I love the picture here. David feels like he is at the end of his rope, or “from the end of the earth.” The point he is making is that no matter how challenging life is, no matter how overwhelmed you feel, the Lord is close and when we cry out to Him, He comes to our aid. David paints a picture of the Lord lifting him above the situation that is causing his anxiety. God provides all we need and then He provides a way out. God will do the same for us. When we cry out to Him, He draws alongside, provides His strength and power, and leads us to the place of peace and renewal.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’