From the ends of the earth I call to You…”
“From the ends of the earth”… seems like a hyperbole, doesn’t it? We all know that David wasn’t at the ends of the earth; after all, logic tells us that there are no “ends of the earth”. Even the North and South Pole are not the “ends”; they are part of the whole circle as much as the cozy warm house you are sitting in right now. (I know this because I have a childhood friend who is “wintering” over at the South Pole this year, and he is on FB almost as often as he was before he left home.) At the same time – we all know what the perverbial “ends of the earth” feels like. We have all been there at one point or another in out lives.
The “ends of the earth” are a spiritual reality in this world. It is that spot in our DNA that yearns for something beyond our understanding…beyond our logic…beyond the physical realm as we know it. That one place only we can know; that unique broken space of time in our individual journeys. We recognize it all too well and recall far too easily. That place where we stood alone in a darkness so heavy that it pushed on our shoulders until we felt as if we will crumble like a cookie. That place with tangible strong fingers with broken nails that wrapped around our heart, seized our breath and strangled all thoughts as quickly as they formed.
“I call as my heart grows faint;”
It is a place that Rabbi Yeshua chose to go 2000+ years ago. A three year journey to the “ends of the earth”. He started a journey knowing where it was leading, and still, He turned His feet and stepped upon that very path. The amazing thing – unlike all the other patriarchs, prophets and sinners that had come before him – His heart did not “grow faint”. Instead, the beat of His heart picked up on the tempo of His Father’s. His voice gained strength and echoed throughout the land the WORDs His Father had taught Him. His miracles boldly proclaimed the love He had come to share.
“lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” — Psalm 61:2
Unlike David, He didn’t need to be led anywhere. He knew exactly where He needed to be and that is where He went as the “ends of the earth” surrounded Him and pushed upon His shoulders. He, too, felt those strong fingers as they tried to squeeze His heart and seize His breath. But – He stood upon His Father’s Rock. He leaned in prayer upon it when He could no longer stand. He threw back His head and spoke His WORD. He declared His Father’s promises by His words and deeds. He stood as a man who trusted His Father implicitly- even as He face the ultimate “ends of the earth”.
“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all” (Is 7: 9)