Hinds’ Feet on High Places

Dear Saints,

I have been blessed to meditate on Elder Huffmaster’s sermon, “You Can Be Perfect” in relation to Psalm 18:28-37 that we sang before he preached on Lord’s Day, December 16.  The sermon pointed out from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that the Word of God (through doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness) makes us perfectly adequate to serve Him in the abundant life and victory of Jesus Christ.  So we truly can say and experience, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

The Psalm was selected in light of the sermon because of this verse:  it is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.  (Psalm 18:32)

God makes us able in Christ to do what He calls on us to do in Christ.  Did you notice a familiar image that follows this verse to impress this quickening truth upon our souls?

He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.  (Psalm 18:33)

This likely reminds you of Habakkuk 3:19: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places …

Think about what this use of simile is communicating figuratively about our ability to live for God because of our life in Christ.  Ever see on a documentary how swift, agile, and strong are the feet of such animals as the Mountain Goat?  It is amazing how they maneuver rocky cliffs with ease and strength.  Their feet and legs are just built to be able to handle their precarious habitations that keep them above the rest of the world.

So too has God made you able to walk with Him on a higher plain than this world on your way to the Promised Land.  For He not only has equipped you to so walk for Him, He also set you on the perfect rock of Himself (Psalm 18:30, 31).

Don’t look down to the sinking sand of this world, beloved. Stay firmly planted on the Rock of Christ, for He will not let your foot slip off of Him (Psalm 121:3).  Keep moving forward.

Semper Reformanda,

Pastor Grant