Psalm 61:1-8 NKJV
 Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.  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.  For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah  For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.  You will prolong the king’s life, His years as many generations.  He shall abide before God forever. Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!  So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may daily perform my vows.
There are many times in our lives when we are overwhelmed by life. Whether it be job stress, financial stress, relationship stress, worrying about a loved one, health, loss of a loved one or just a schedule that is frantic and demanding (life can be so stressful), God understands. He wants us to turn to him when life gets to be overwhelming. Psalm 61 helped me when I was mourning a friend after he committed suicide. I felt really guilty that I had not reached out to him more. I felt deep sadness and pain and my heart was overwhelmed. God is the rock that is higher than I, and He really dealt with me through this particular scripture and it gave me peace. I will keep this passage close to my heart for any new challenges that life throws at me. I know that there will be many more challenges in this life to face, as we all will. Knowing that God is with us, for us and watches over us and resting in the shelter of His wings, brings me peace and the ability to keep pilgriming on every day.
This life is a pilgrimage into the next. We need to remember that as followers of Christ. This world is not the end but just the beginning. There is so much more that God has for us in the next life that is higher than this life. The way to be higher in the next is by paying it forward. Jesus told us to lay up our treasures in heaven. That is not a request, but a command. Psalm 62 tells us that men of high degree, if they are weighed on scales, are lighter than vapor. So the stuff of riches and wealth is not what God is concerned about. It is about our hearts, motives and graciousness to others, as well as our trust and hope in Him. God is in the business of saving souls. He loves us dearly and wants all of us to remain with him in eternity — Higher.
Lord, I pray that all of us will be led to the Rock that is higher than I and help those around us to see our lights shine brightly so that they too will want the security of eternal life with you. Amen.
I love you and am praying for you today.