Higher Than I

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Inspired by Psalm 61 and an old hymn, this song presents Jesus as the fulfillment of what the "rock that is higher than I" refers to. Jesus is our true refuge from all enemies including sin, death, and evil, and is the one who comes to the faint of heart who calls. Not only is this song appropriate for a gospel invitation - an invitation to conversion - but to believers who need to remember and apply the gospel freshly to some area of remaining sin in their life. We do not simply run to Jesus once; a Christian is someone who has run to this rock and continues to run. We ask for the Lord to lead us to Jesus in times of struggle, temptation, weariness, trials, and fear, and He has promised to hear all who call upon Him.

Psalm 61:1-3
Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I
for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.


Verse 1:
Awakened as a sinner, to Jesus I come
Invited by the gospel, to Jesus I run;
Afflicted by sin's sorrow, to Jesus I cry,
Lord, lead me to the rock that's higher than I.

Verse 2:
When tempted sore by Satan my Savior to leave,
Entangled by my idols which only deceive
I'll stand upon my union with Jesus on high,
My refuge and my rock that's higher than I.

Higher than I,
Higher than I
My voice shall never tire
For Jesus you are higher
You're the rock that is higher than I.

Verse 3:
When weary or defeated I'll fall to my knees
And cast on my redeemer my wants and my needs,
In trials and tribulations, my anchor shall lie,
On Jesus Christ, the rock that's higher than I.

Verse 4:
When circled by the darkness, surrounded by foes,
When death and its destruction your goodness oppose,
My resurrected savior now lives though He died-
He ever is the rock that's higher than I.

By David L. Ward, loosely based on a 19th century hymn by Marjorie Bennett
© 2019 Hymnicity


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