The view of Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach, Oregon is quite stunning. It is a 235 foot tall sea stack that can be seen from miles around. It is a refuge and home to many sea creatures, such as starfish, sea anemone, crabs, chitons, limpets, and sea slugs, as well as a nesting site for sea birds, such as terns and puffins. Who doesn’t want a safe place, high above the danger, when it comes?
“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.” Psalm 62:1.
Here, the writer, David, feels like he is at the ends of the earth. It appears he is far from home and far from the sanctuary. Yet, he is never far from God through prayer. He is obviously under duress as he writes, as he refers to his heart growing faint and desperately is seeking a safe place, a refuge, as he asks God to lead him to the rock that is higher than he.
David doesn’t mean Israel, and he doesn’t mean Jerusalem. Neither is he referring to Mt. Zion. He means the God of his salvation.
God is higher than David, and higher than his troubles, and higher than his enemies. He is higher than the rulers and philosophies of this world, and higher than the highest mountains, and higher than the stars, and higher than the angels. Christ is the Rock who is higher than we and the only One who can protect us, redeem us, and give us hope.
Like the sea creatures and nesting birds who need a protective refuge, and like the Psalm writer David far from home seeking safety, we need a place of security, guidance, and unconditional love. This can only be found in a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.