Running on Empty
Read Psalm 61
This one’s a prayer that comes from running on empty. You know when you’ve got nothing left, and there’s so little strength that you can’t even muster a prayer? David says to God, ‘I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.’ He’s whispering to God, ‘I’m low. Take me to that higher place that you are. I can’t pull myself up there, or find the way up myself. I need you to lead me there, God – to the rock that is higher than I.’
David’s praying from where he is. He’ll call with a faint heart. He hasn’t got a big long song in him today. He probably won’t make it through a well rehearsed habit of praise, confession, thanksgiving and intercession, or wade through the list of things he might normally pray for on a Tuesday. All he’s got today is, ‘I call as my heart grows faint.’ He still makes the call. He still comes to God, weak as he is.
And the language that follows is all about God as refuge, as tower, as tent, as shelter; he longs to be under God’s wing. That’s what His faint heart prays for.
If you’ve got nothing left, if your heart is faint, pray David’s prayer with me. ‘I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.’ That’ll do. It will, really. Express your need for God with the few words you have in you. And then wait for Him to lead you where you can’t pull yourself up.