Lead Me To The Rock

Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.   — Psalm 61

 The Oak Ridge Boys perform a spirited version of the gospel song “Lead Me To That Rock.”

But the original hymn, Lead Me to That Rock (very different from the gospel version), was written by Rachel Ann Searles, wife of Rev. Isaac Searles and published around 1873.

1. When mountains of doubt hem me in on each side,
And waves of affliction roll in like a tide;
When vainly I seek some new pathway to try,
Oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

Refrain:
Oh, lead me to the Rock, Oh, lead me to the Rock,
Oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
Oh, lead me to the Rock, Oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

2. When storms of deep trouble rage fiercely around,
When forebodings of ill in my spirit abound;
When the hopes of a lifetime are blighted and die,
Oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

3. The sun of prosperity brightly may shine,
And my heart round its treasures too closely may twine,–
When my hopes are in danger of rising too high,
Oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

4. When nearing the shore of the river of death,
And the moments fly swiftly with each labored breath,
When losing my hold of each dear earthly tie,
Oh, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

5. Whatever my lot, be it wearily sad,
Or actively busy or joyously glad;
In each joy and sorrow, my God, be thou nigh,
And lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

“There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.  1 Samuel 2:2

David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
    from violent people you save me. — 2 Samuel 22

I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
    Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
    and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
    upright and just is he. — Deuteronomy 32