Psalm 61; The Rock that is Higher than I

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By Rev. A.P. McIntyre - Posted at Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church

The 61st Psalm is dominated by the Rock. This rock stands as a mighty colossus overshadowing the entire Psalm.

We have little difficulty identifying the Rock as Jesus Christ. He is the the one who graciously and benevolently overshadows us in our journey through life. The Rock represents the timelessness and eternity of Christ. It represents the firm foundation that He provides in an uncertain world. Times have changed immeasurably but the Christ remains – the immutable one who is a Rock for us as He was to David several millennia ago.

This Rock is high because Christ has a name above every other name (Philippians 2:9), He is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of God’s person (Hebrews 1:3) and He is the High Priest made higher than the heavens (Hebrews 7:25). The rock is also deep because Christ humbled himself for us, to the point of death – even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:8). Best of all – because the Rock is deep, it is accessible because Christ is the mediator between God and man, the only Mediator who brings us to God (1st Timothy 2:5).

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