Today's Lectionary Text
A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
O Lord, how many are my foes!
But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
I lie down and sleep;
Rise up, O Lord!
Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
As a kid growing up by the Kansas-Nebraska border, our annual family vacation generally alternated between trips to Missouri, South Dakota and Colorado.
We enjoyed them all, but there was something about those trips to Colorado. The mountains kind of sneak up on you as you’re entering from Interstate 70 or U.S. Highway 36. BOOM. There they are! Even though they’re far off in the distance, it’s comforting to see your destination in sight – not a subtle entrance into the horizon, but an immediate, complete picture.
The Psalm of David (which I did not select because of my name) includes the verse “I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.” I like the idea of God being at the top of a mountain. Not an ethereal God off in the unseen heavens, but one we can see and appreciate, basking in the awe and wonder of the beauty that He created.
I’m been at the top of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs twice, once in a tourist passenger van and another time going up a rickety old cog railroad (which apparently has gone out of operation this year). At the top of that 14,115-foot mountain, you get an appreciation for God’s majesty and splendor. It is, indeed, as close to heaven as we may get on Earth.
Prayer for Reflection
Dear God, you not only are a mountain but you help us in moving mountains. Your majesty is on display for us daily, as long as we stop and take the time to appreciate it. In Your loving name, Amen.
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