From our earliest moments we crave security, to be gathered up in our mother’s arms. And which one of us did not have some rag or teddy, some comforter from which we could not be separated. But now we are grown up and all is different isn’t it? Or is it? I wonder how many of us daydream before we sleep? Of course few of us would want to admit to it, those made-up scenarios, those imaginary situations that help us snuggle ourselves down.
How telling it would be to consider what themes frequently recur within and behind our daydreams. I reckon that our craving for security, whatever form that takes, would be right up at the top of the list. No part of the bible is more heavily drenched in the marinade of real-life fear and frustration than the Psalms. One of these finds King David at a great distance from God, perhaps a long way from home, worse still, maybe he’s feeling deeply estranged from God. He utters his heart’s deep longing:
“…I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61 verse 2
He further distills his conclusions:
“My soul finds rest in God alone…he alone is my rock and my salvation…” Psalm 62 verses 1-2
Of a truth the security we all crave is found in a person. Jesus remains the only One where this Rock exists. He says:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”.
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”
I say with David: O Lord – lead me to the rock that is higher than I.