1 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
2 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.
3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
4 I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
Other translations use these words.
"When my heart is overwhelmed...." what do you do when your heart is overwhelmed? See what comes next.
Then there are two beautiful pictures.
A high rock that is a strong tower against the foe.
Refuge in the shelter of His wings.
They are very contrasting images.
One is strong, hard, powerful, unbreakable, high, something you go to...
One is soft, gentle, caring, something that comes to you...
Both are a shelter, a refuge, a place to hide...
David used both images because it takes both of these and a whole lot more to describe the LORD. Sometimes you need Him to be your mighty strong tower the enemy can't begin to defeat. Sometimes you need Him to hold you gently and protect you as a momma bird protects her young.
The cool thing to know is that He is both and more and will meet your every need. When your heart is overwhelmed He is all you need.