Youth Worker Devotions: Psalm 61, lead me to the Rock.

Psalm 61
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. 
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; 
lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 
For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.  I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah
For you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Increase the days of the king’s life, his years for many generations.  May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever; appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.
Then will I ever sing praise to your name and fulfill my vows day after day.

Sea Billows of sorrow are rolling again (that is waves).  This evening, I have had two close friends reach out to me in the midst of their struggles in youth ministry and both are reaching the conclusion that another vocation may be where they are being called (or relegated) to next.   Discouraged, broken, forsaken are all terms I would describe these friends as well as some others that I am aware of at this time. 

I send this Psalm out to them, and those youth workers who feel that pain.  David, feeling ever so distant from his God; his heart, passion, and soul grows faint from the turmoils from being King.  He still purposes himself to cry out to God, reminding himself of the vows he has made and God’s plans in continuing God’s heritage through David’s kingdom. 

David exhorts God to lead him to a rock that his higher than he is.  He is seeking God’s protection from his distress, his accusers and his enemies.  David is reminded that God will do as he promised.  Charles Spurgeon (Psalms) reminds us that experience is the nurse of faith.  David remembers the shelter and fortress that God has been in the past for him and asks to reenter this presence and faithful trust in God’s providence.  In the kingdom of God there is protection while we remain under the protective wings of God. 

Youth workers, you may be up against the ropes, taking body blow after body blow, ego shot after ego shot.  Know that God is faithful, cry out to him and ask for him to lead you to a Rock that is bigger than you (and your problems). 

Knowing and being faithful to God’s promise, even when we are clamoring to get to higher, more safe and secure shelters, enables us to worship and praise God even when our world is turned upside down and inside out.   

Spurgeon reminds us of four progressive  I WILL statements to be made while understanding this psalm:

  1. I will cry.
  2. I will abide in they tabernacle.
  3. I will trust.
  4. I will sing praise.

These may be easier said then done, but they must be remembered, especially when we are under the gun in ministry.
A prayer for you.

Lord, Elohim, God,  We cry out to you in our times of distress.  We feel called to your service and to the field of youth ministry, but it is hard and often we are inadequate compared to the tasks that are set before us.  Our only hope and our refuge is in you.  Rather than trusting in ourselves and our own devices, blogs, sages, we need to come under your wings for you are the only Rock that is higher than ourselves.  Increase our longevity in ministry and renew our strength and trust in you and YOU ALONE.  We praise you for your faithfulness that you have shown us in the past, even though it may seem distant to us now.  We praise you for being faithful even when our hearts are not and we are discouraged by this world and perhaps the fruit of our own ministries.  We thank you for knowing and seeing your call and work in us and your providence to bring our ministry in you to its full fruition.     ~amen

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