- Ballynahinch Congregational
Bible Thought from Rev Victor Neill
'Hear my cry O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy' ( Psalm 61 v 1-3 )
At a point when our News Bulletins are filled with the news of the Coronavirus and the effects it is having upon everyone's lives - good news is scarce! The situation caused by the Coronavirus has brought uncertainty, worry and fear to all levels of society. These verses from Psalm 61 beings us the good news that we have a God who is not aloof or remote from us. And when it seems society and the individual are being overwhelmed with negative news, it is good to know that that there is a place of safety and security for us in the midst of the crisis. The place or more properly the Person, where we can find that security, that peace of mind is revealed in this Psalm. So we need to pray the prayer that the Psalmist prayed from his heart in a time of crisis: 'when my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the Rock that is higher than I '. We know from Scripture that Rock is Christ and as we trust Him we shall find security and peace of heart and mind. The hymn puts it 'in the tempest of life, on its wide heaving sea, thou blest Rock of Ages I'm hiding in thee'.