LEAD ME, O LORD; PLEASE LEAD ME!
God is after one thing in our lives - Control
Psalm 61:1-2 - "Hear my cry, O God;
attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee,
when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
Psalm 61:1 - "Hear my cry, O God..."
Have you ever -
...been depressed with a broken and burdened heart?
...been in deep distress over certain situations
happening all around you?
...felt like you were encompassed by many, cruel
enemies who were set on your destruction?
Do you know what it is like to be in such a state of confusion with
seemingly no way out?
If you have "been there and done that," then you realize how important it
is to vent your feelings to someone at this time.
The question is - Who will listen?
Many will listen for a time, but then they get bored, disinterested, or
But, who will really listen enough to do something about the problem?
This was not your ordinary "cry."
It was one made with the greatest of importunity and fervency of spirit.
It expressed language that sprung from utter and deep distress - one which
emitted from a broken heart and a wounded spirit.
It was a "cry" that had the determination to hold on for the answer and
not let go until the Blessing came.
Give ear to me, O God. Though everyone on the
face of the earth rejects me and turns away from me or gives me a deaf
ear, incline Your ear to me. Hear me out, O Lord. Please hear me out!
Have you ever felt as though you lived on the
street that was located on "the end of the earth"?
This is the place where -
...you feel as though you are a million miles away from
God and any other resources to help you out of your
distress and pain
...you seemingly cry and cry and cry, but no one hears
This is the "bottomless pit," so to speak, out
of which there simply is no imaginable way of ever being rescued or
delivered. It's the place of the deepest darkness, despair, and depression
of the soul. It's marked by deap-seated sorrow, rejection, loneliness, and
hopelessness of there ever coming a change. It's the place where no
comfort seems to reside.
Have you ever been there? Are you presently living on "the end of the
What did David do when he found himself in such a seemingly, God-forsaken
He found himself in such dejection and
despondency of spirit.
He felt as though he was covered with darkness and that calamity had
enveloped his soul.
He saw no sign of light or comfort.
O Saint of God! Can you relate to David's
Do you feel as though your own heart is "overwhelmed" this day?
Does sorrow seem to cover you?
Do you feel as though a thousand swords are piercing your heart with great
agony and pain at the disappointments and setbacks that you are presently
Have you been hurt so deeply that you feel as though you have been
drinking from the "cup of sorrows" lately which is filled to overflowing
with your own tears?
David was there. He found himself in such a state. What did he ask the
Lord to do for him?
He knew that he had no strength in himself to
rescue himself from such a situation. He also knew that another human
being would not do for the task. He needed someone "higher than I." He
found himself in such a deep, deep pit that He needed Someone who had
great might and power - Someone Who was well able to reach down and lift
him up out of his "miry clay."
Who was that SOMEONE?
He was none other than the ROCK CHRIST JESUS!
David was looking for a place of safety and refuge from his enemies. He
was seemingly in a low valley where he was exposed to every threat and
attack. He needed a stronghold - a place where he would feel safe. He was
looking for a higher place than where he was at at the moment. He knew
that he could not get there without some help.
Let's stop here a minute and reflect on that
little word "lead." Oftentimes, when we find ourselves in a predicament of
any sort, we try feverishly to get out of it. We will run ourselves to
exhaustion seeking for a refuge for our souls. We cannot stand for things
to be "out of control" so we will work senselessly to restore our lives
back to normalcy.
Many times when we are faced with trials and periods of testing, God is
after something in us.
He desires change. But what is it that He wants changed?
We can say with all certainty that He is after our tendency to control. He
wants to break us of it.
If there is anyone who should rightfully be in control of our lives, it is
After all, He is supposed to be Lord!
Yet, even in spite of the fact that we confess Him as the Lord of our
lives, we still have the tendency to take control of things.
We still want to be in control.
We want to "call the shots."
We want to lead.
We want to make the final decision.
We want our own way.
God then has to allow fiery trials to come our
way to break us of that spirit of control. He has to direct us into
circumstances where everything is out of control, and He is the only One
Who can set it aright.
Even though we may call Jesus Lord and sing about Him being Lord, yet we
find ourselves doing the leading. We want to lead. We want to be in charge
of things. We want to decide the overall direction for our lives.
We need to do the same. When we find that our
hearts are overwhelmed, and we are living on "the end of the earth"
street, like never before, we need to plead with God to take the reins of
our lives and "...lead me to the Rock that is higher than I."
Oh! Saints of God! God is after that control in us!
Oh! What He can do with us if we would just be willing vessels.
If only our wills would always and evermore be in subjection to His Will!
It's our own will that gets us into most trouble.
It's our own will that God has to deal with through adverse circumstances.
If we are to truly follow Jesus, then He must, at all times and in every
place, do the leading.
He must be in control, not us!
In every situation, the Holy Spirit will always "lead" us to the Lord
Jesus for the answer to our dilemma. He will not "lead" us to trust in
ourselves and our own resources, nor will He ever lead us to trust in
another man, lest we end up making him our god.
On the contrary, He will always lead us to place our total and absolute
trust in the Solid Rock - the Lord Jesus Christ - "...the Rock that is
higher than I."
God is wanting to take us higher in Him.
He has so much more for us.
We will never realize it until we let go of the reins of our lives and
allow Him to "lead."
Oftentimes, He will allow the bottom to drop out from under us to cause us
to get sick and tired of where we are at so that we will reach for Higher
Heights in Him.
If not, we have a tendency to grow complacent and smug in our makeshift
David made up his mind that he would turn to
the Lord Jesus for his answers. We need to do the same.
"...When my heart is overwhelmed..." We don't have to stay in our
painful situation. We can do something about it!
We don't have to sit back and accept things as they are.
We don't have to listen to the devil telling us that life will always be
God wants to bring changes into our lives.
But before He changes our circumstances, He wants to change us.
He wants to make us and mold us after His Will.
He wants to fashion us into yielded vessels.
"Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I" - From this day
forward, we give up all control and allow the Lord Jesus to show us His
God is waiting for our response. What will it be?
Remember - It's a matter of the will.
Only we can make that choice.
When we do choose to let God be God, we can be assured of Great Victory
and Blessing coming our way.
The Lord Jesus will see to it!
May God Bless His Word.
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