Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 31st, 2017
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He causes me to stand on the highest places.
Psalm 18:33 (NIRV)
Standing in High Places
Several places in Scripture the Lord speaks about our feet being formed in such a way so we can climb to the “highest places.” From nature we know of animals that have unique climbing ability because of their feet. Today allow the Spirit of the Lord to show you that you are outfitted for victory. You will not be pushed back from reaching your goals. He will cause you to stand on the highest places. You are made for it!
Yoho National Park, which lies on the western slopes of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, is named for a Cree expression for awe and wonder. Vertical rock walls, waterfalls and dizzying peaks draw visitors from around the world. The highest elevation in Yoho National Park is the South Tower of Mount Goodsir, the peak of which is 11,703 feet. The mountain, with its three peaks, is considered a challenge by experienced mountain climbers. Anglican priest James Outram, an early climber of the mountains of Canada’s Rockies, wrote this of Mount Goodsir, “From almost every mountain top within an immense area of the Rocky Mountains, the triple mass of Mount Goodsir is a marked feature of the landscape, towering aloft a thousand feet above the tallest of its immediate neighbours, striking in form and most impressive in its stately grandeur.”
All of us have gone through valleys at one time or another. They are not pleasant places. Wilderness times can seem to last forever. But they don’t. King David experienced so many valley times in his life. You would think that the king of a powerful nation would never have to face personal challenges, but some of his greatest difficulties came from members of his own family. No matter what was happening in his life, David trusted in God’s love for him, and experienced God’s grace and protection. David writes this in Psalm 18:33: “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He causes me to stand on the highest places.” Deer are amazingly agile and steady on their hoofs. They can walk on the rockiest of grounds or the steepest of inclines and not slip and slide to their peril. This is the picture that the Psalmist is painting here. When we are in Christ, God holds us secure. And He leads us to safe places in Him, where we see Him in all of His glory. He lifts us up from guilt to glory, from shame to honour, from sin to holiness. All of this is provided freely because of God’s love to us expressed in the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. Where have you seen Jesus lift you up and steady your life recently? What high places has He brought you to? Take time today to thank Him.
These have been words from the heart.