I can still hear her singing. My mother’s high-pitched, frail voice ringing out from her room. “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” This old hymn of the church was one of her favorites.
In past lessons we’ve discussed living in places of unbelief, like Kadesh Barnea; or places of bitterness, like Marah; or places of limitation like LoDebar. Today starts a new series of lessons on striving for higher ground. It’s so easy to stay in the pits, responding to difficult circumstances with bitterness and complaining. Let’s not go there. Hear the Lord’s challenge, “Come up higher.”
The Lord desires we see things from a higher perspective. Instead of giving in to despair, may we aim for higher ground. “My heart has no desire to stay where doubts arise and fears dismay; though some may dwell where these abound, my prayer, my aim is higher ground.”
Read Proverbs 15:24
1. To where and from what does the path of life lead the wise?
Read Proverbs 15:19
2. What is the path of the upright called?
Read Genesis 14:18-20
3. What name is given to God when Melchizedek blessed Abram?
Read Psalm 61:2
4. To whom are we to call when our hearts grow faint?
Read Psalm 27:5
5. Where does the Lord set us in the day of trouble?
Notice all of the above verses refer to a higher place. From God being called the Most High to our being set on a high rock, we get the picture…higher ground! The Amplified Bible translates the proverb like this, “The path of the wise leads upward to life that he may avoid the gloom in the place of the dead.” What a picture Solomon paints here! Our Most High God provides a higher way that leads to life. Let’s be intentional to take the high road toward the victorious, abundant life God has planned for us. Again, it’s our choice.