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The Overwhelmed Heart

“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 61:2).

Perhaps some who are reading this devotional have hearts overwhelmed by burdens, sufferings, and circumstances over which they have no control. Psalm 61 reveals to each of us what we should do to gain the victory. We should pray—“lead me to the rock.” The rock, of course, is Christ, the rock of our salvation upon whom we are secure, and the rock of preservation upon whom we can depend—the rock that is “higher than I.” Christ will lift us above whatever adverse circumstance confronts us. “And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me” (Psalm 27:6). We should remember—“For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy” (Psalm 61:3). David remembered past deliverances—the times when God had proved Himself to David and showed Himself to be his shelter and strong tower. It would be good for each of us to do the same. Spurgeon said that the remembrance of past deliverances begets faith in the present. We should abide and trust—“I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings” (Psalm 61:4). The abiding life in Christ is the answer to the overwhelmed heart. It is God’s appointed place of peace, power, and protection for the believer. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise His word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (Psalm 56:3,4). “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4). NPS

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