Andy Hollifield 4-12-18
Psalms 18:31-33 For who is a God the Lord? or who is a rock save our God? (32) It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. (33) He maketh my feet like hinds feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
He setteth me upon MY high places. He has high places just for me. And no matter how rough my way may seem; he has made it perfect. He has made it to be just exactly what I need that he might get glory and honor out of my life. That sounds real good when everything is turning up roses but it is a lot harder to swallow when you are fighting hell by the acre. Our way don’t seem too perfect then but even then it is still exactly, perfectly, right for us. Our ways and our paths may be different but they are perfect for us. I could never walk in your way and you could never walk in mine. We all have our own way in the Lord that he designed specifically for us. The beauty of the whole thing is this; I have my own high places where no one else can come because they are places he has set aside and made just for me.
Psalms 40:2 says, “He brought me up out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet UPON a rock, and established my goings.” When he brought you out of that miry clay, where did he set your feet? UPon a rock. He didn’t set you down on a rock but up. He put you a little higher than what you were when you were stuck with no escape. He established your goings. You weren’t in that miry clay by mistake or accident, you were there because at that point, that was where you could grow the most. If there were no miry clay and stuff that had us bound, we would never learn to trust in Jesus. You notice that we don’t climb upon a rock; he sets us there. Then when we get in shape to travel, he establishes our goings. He determines our way. There has never been a better tour guide in the world than Jesus. When he establishes our goings, we can count on it being in your best interests. Psalms 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in HIS way. When he orders your steps, you’re in his way and he will not only be pleased but will delight in your obedience.
As is often the case, this was not an original thought. I sat in church on Wednesday night at State Street Baptist and Pastor Terry Sprouse brought out the point that we have our own high places. I find in other places of scripture, that God also gave us other places. In Exodus 33:21 he told Moses, “Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock.” Do you know where Moses was at when the Lord told him that? He was in a high place on Mount Sinai. Let me point out something I never had thought about before. Moses had already been in that high place with the Lord once. Not in the cleft of the rock, but on the mountain. God had hewn out the tables with the commandments the first time but he made Moses do it the second time and God wrote on the tables. What I noticed was this: in chapter 33 Moses had went into the tabernacle and the cloudy pillar, which was the presence of God during the day, stood at the door of the tabernacle. All of the people worshipped in their tent doors while Moses was inside. Verse 11 says, “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend.” I know Moses didn’t actually see the Lord’s face because it says later, in verse 20, that no man can look on his face and live. During their conversation in the tabernacle Moses made the request to see God’s glory. God granted it but with some modifications. He would stand in the cleft of the rock and God covered him with his hand as he passed by and let him see his hinder parts. Now, I want you to think about something. God told Moses while he was in the tabernacle, that he would let Moses stand in a place by him and see his glory in the morning. Can you imagine what a sleepless night Moses must of had knowing that the next day he was going to see God’s glory? I bet he could have carved out those two tables of stone with a butter knife if he had to. Now, think about something else. Moses never got to that high place where he seen the Lord’s glory, until he had been in that low place where he had gotten disappointed by God’s people and broke the first tablets and was ready to quit. That ought to be a lesson to us. If we just mind God, he will eventually get us out of the valley and into that high place and show us his glory. When you get in that place beside God, in the high place on the mountain, then, no matter what the storm you just came out of, you will get to see his glory and once you have, you will have an unmistakable glow about you too and people will be able to tell that you have been with the Lord. I hadn’t never really seen or thought about all of that until I was typing this post.
I passed over a couple things I want to mention. First off in verse 32, not only does God make your way perfect, but he gives you the strength to get through everything he allows you to go through. But one other thing I want to look at is the “hind.” It is the female of the deer and the red deer in particular. Deer are known for their ability to run in places where preditors cannot pursue them. If you are running to your high place by God, there is nothing the devil can do to stop you from reaching it.
The final thing is this; four times in the bible, all in Ephesians, the term “heavenly places” is used. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Not only has he given us all spiritual blessings but according to Ephesians 3:10, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Sitting “together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” It doesn’t get to a higher place than that! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 4-12-18