Ps.61:2 – From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Have you ever felt like you were at the end of the earth? I am not sure if David was talking about being physically on the other side of the world or if the world was actually coming to an end but both ideas reek with hopelessness. When David was exiled by the rebellion of his son he probably felt both ways. He felt like he was out in the wilderness, separated from his family and separated from his beloved place of worship. David loved the tabernacle with the extended worship and the glory of God’s presence more than any place on earth. To be separated from that was unthinkable for the Psalmist of Israel. This would obviously awaken those other feelings, the world, at least David’s world, was coming to an end. Here is how Spurgeon describes it.
“He was banished from the spot which was the centre of his delight, and at the same time his mind was in a depressed and melancholy condition; both actually and figuratively he was an outcast, yet he does not therefore restrain prayer, but rather finds therein a reason for the louder and more importunate cries. To be absent from the place of divine worship was a sore sorrow to saints in the olden times; they looked upon the tabernacle as the centre of the world, and they counted themselves to be at the fag end of the universe when they could no longer resort to the sacred shrine; their heart was heavy as in a strange land when they were banished from its solemnities…..There may be an end of the earth, but there must not be an end to devotion. On creation’s verge we may call upon God, for even there he is within call. No spot is too dreary, no condition too deplorable; whether it be the world’s end or life’s end, prayer is equally available.”
I don’t know about you but being banished from church for months on end earlier this year has to be one of the lowest moments of my life. I felt like I was banished to some dark, third world country, a million miles from God’s place of worship. At the same time it seemed like we were staring at the end of the world as we know it. These seasons in our life can awaken a cry of desperate hunger in us, “from the ends of the earth will I cry unto Thee”.