Words from the Heart for Saturday January 7th, 2017

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain.

Psalm 3:3-4 (NLT)

From the Holy Mountain

The Lord promises to protect and encourage us. When we cry out to Him He hears and answers us. What are the things that could discourage or make you afraid today? Watch for the Lord to protect and encourage you. He is ready to help.

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Devotion

Arguably one of the most challenging mountains on the planet for climbers is Mount Logan, in Yukon. Mount Logan is located in the St. Elias Mountain Range and is the highest peak in Canada at 19,545 feet. On the website Mountain Madness, someone named Paul M reports on his recent climb up Mt. Logan and says “the scale is unimaginable, the location remote. It was a very challenging trip but summit day was among the most spectacular of my life. It was an unforgettable experience.” The website concludes “Combine this with all its other challenges – significant glacier travel through icefalls and huge crevasses, cold temperatures, and extreme weather due to its proximity to the Gulf of Alaska – and we consider Logan to be one of the most strenuous high-altitude climbs we offer at Mountain Madness.”

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When our boys were young, the original McGyver TV program was on and they loved watching it. Except when things got a little tense, and one of our sons would run around the back of the couch and watch from around the corner. Somehow he thought the couch would protect him. Children innately know that when things get difficult we should run for safety. The problems we face as adults are not found on a TV monitor. They are real and sometimes they are truly frightening. Where do we run? Where can we find the strength to face the challenges that come our way? King David certainly experienced his share of problems. More than a few, some even from his own family, sought his position and threatened his life. So in Psalm 3:3-4 he wrote: “But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain.” You would expect the ruling monarch of powerful nation to not have any need for God’s protection. But he needed it more, perhaps, than anyone else in his kingdom. So he calls out to God, and testifies that the Holy God of Israel was a shield around him, holding David’s head high. We can cry out to Him as well. He listens and He cares. Run to Him today, and He will be your shield.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley