I admire those mountain deer, which make it seem like nothing when they charge up a rock or come down a steep mountain ridge. God made the deer surefooted. They have their young in the shelter of inaccessible heights where they also retreat when danger looms. Being surefooted is their key to survival.
We’re commonly afraid of heights – admittedly, some less than others, however, there’s a sane reason for that: an accidental fall from a 30-foot tree will most likely result in serious injuries or death. While we might enjoy the view we definitely don’t want to fall down a precipice; so mountain climbers work with all kinds of safeguards, robes and harnesses, to avoid a tragic accident.
Here is a mighty harness for you: God’s hands. God’s hands carry, direct and scoop us up when we fall. That’s the kind of equipment we need as spiritual mountain climbers. The presence of the Lord is paramount to successful mountain climbing. As we’re treading treacherous terrain, strenuous trails, and perilous mountain passes our surefooted approach will keep us going.
If you have lived less than a day you’ve already discovered that life is an ongoing fight. Giving birth is a mother’s struggle, so is being born. Just look at the face of a newborn and you’ll know. The baby’s first cry won’t be its last. Knowing that life is no walk in the park we need some sturdy equipment to weather the storms to come. This is where the Lord comes in.
The older we get the more likely we have experienced our personal limitations. Life has an uncanny way of humbling us that way. When we get at the end of our rope and experience how the Lord catches us, how the Lord has our back, this creates a bonding moment nobody can take away from us. The Prophet Habakkuk must have had such bonding moments when he exclaims in the third chapter of his book:
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”
For Prophet Habakkuk this was a good reason to sing; why else would he have given instructions to the choir director specifying which instruments to use?
It is good to express our gratitude in song. Generations before and after us do it, not to mention the many angels whom we mostly don’t detect with our human eye. So let’s not be shy. Let’s sing out loud as we keep walking.