Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. Psalm 84:5-7
I watched with joy as many Olympic athletes praised God for their ability to win their various events. I especially liked hearing their stories prior to their win. In previous events they may have stumbled and failed. They continued in their training, becoming strong and enduring to reach their goal of being an Olympian.
You and I can also praise God that He is our strength. We are each on our own pilgrimage passing through times of drought and times of refreshment. We go on in strength of the Lord with the goal in mind – to finally appear before God.
John Mac Arthur notes that, “Anticipation of joyous worship of God in Jerusalem overcame the pilgrims’ natural weariness in their difficult journey.” Today may your strength be in our God, may your worship allow you to pass through a dry place to find joy and refreshment. May each of us go from strength to strength in Him.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.