I’m assuming I’m not the only one out there who has ever felt overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by fear…emotion…anxiety…troubles…stress…the decisions and actions of other people. For me, being overwhelmed comes when I feel a sense of facing something too big for me to handle on my own. Honestly, I have felt that way more often than I wish to admit. I can completely relate to the writer’s cry to God in Psalm 61…
“Oh God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering Rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings!”
You can almost hear the desperation jumping from the words he pens. “Listen to me! Hear me! I am completely in over my head!”
As a little girl, one of my favorite memories is surprisingly associated with some of my not-so-happy moments. When I would have a bad day, or would just be feeling down or sad about something, my Dad had a special way of comforting me. He would warm up a cup of milk and add a touch of honey. He would sit beside me while I drank my white cup of wonderfulness, often rubbing my back and voicing soothing words. When I was finished I would climb into his lap and let him rock me for a while. Sometimes he would sing. Sometimes he was quiet. But I remember feeling the tension and lethargy melt away as I basked in his loving touch. He was gentle and kind. His love melted away my sadness. At the same time I felt safe and protected from all the outside threats because…come on, this was my dad. He was bigger and stronger than anything that could be bothering me. And that’s exactly what I thought about when I read this Psalm today…“Lead me to the towering Rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings!”
This picture of God is so beautiful! When we are overwhelmed He is the perfect and complete answer to what we need! Not only is He the all-powerful, all-mighty God…a tower, a rock, never shaken, never crumbling…but He is also tender and gentle as He shelters us under His wings. In Him we have our Protector and our Comforter…our Defender and our Father…our Rock and our Shelter.