Sure-footed security

In the second book of Samuel are to be found these sometimes puzzling words from a song written by King David: “He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me tread secure upon my high places.”

Glenn Clark, founder of “Camps Farthest Out,” and one of the most widely published authors on the life of prayer in the 20th Century, tells how this Bible verse became clear to him.

He was spending a few weeks one summer on a ranch in Wyoming. The horse assigned to him for his private use was the fastest on the range, and he felt very honored.

But he was to discover that while speed may be something to be reveled in on the plains, there is something far more important to be desired on the mountains.

Five of them were riding on the mountainside one day when they came to a dangerous, slippery, craggy place where a misstep would send them all to eternity. The men advised Glenn to take a longer, less dangerous, route to the mountaintop.

The foreman explained, “Your horse is a great horse, but he is not dependable on the hills. Our horses are true climbers. Their rear feet track exactly where their forefeet are planted. When they place a forefoot upon a safe ridge, their rear foot will follow unfailingly.

“Your horse, unfortunately,” he continued, “has spent several years in the city and has lost the gift. His rear feet miss the front tracks by several inches. On these trails, a miss of even an inch can mean sudden death.”

All at once the meaning of David’s words became clear. As the feet of the hinds are to the mountains, so is the mind to the heights of life. Jesus once said, “Have faith in God. Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Our lips are able to speak the thoughts of our conscious mind, but only the heart can speak the thoughts of our subconscious.

When the mind and the heart are aligned, when they track together, nothing is impossible. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Rev. Nichols is Minister Emeritus of First Christian Church, Temple where he was senior minister for 23 years.

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