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The rock that is higher
Andrea Delwiche
by Andrea Delwiche
February 19, 2024

In northeastern Wyoming, a monolithic rock formation called Devil’s Tower rises 867 feet out of the dry and flat land. You can see it from miles away, solid and unshakeable. It is flat topped, with very little vegetation, but at its base is a sort of oasis. Rugged pines abound, providing respite on hot summer days.

This picture comes to mind in the opening verses of Psalm 61: “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” (verses 1-3).

In times of anxiety and despair, we may feel as if we are in a flat expanse of nothingness. No shade, no higher ground, no water to quench our thirst. No hope, no help, no change. 

But there is a rock that is higher. That rock is God. No one and nothing can move the tower of the all-sufficient love and power of God. But our heavenly Father is not stone-cold. He yearns for us and draws us into his warm embrace. He is both rock and oasis.  

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39).