He makes my feet like the feet of a deer and sets me securely on the heights.—Psalm 18:33
In the book Hinds’ Feet on High Places, I read the story of a man who, while vacationing on a ranch in Wyoming, was given the use of one of its horses—the fastest he had ever ridden. One day a group of the ranch cowboys invited him to join them for a ride up into the mountains. As they climbed into the hills, they came to a dangerous ascent, at which point the foreman turned to the newcomer and said, “I think you would be well advised to take the longer but less dangerous trail to the top. Your horse is not dependable on the hills. Our horses are true climbers—their rear feet track exactly where their front feet are planted. Your horse has spent so many years on the plain that its rear feet could miss the track by inches, and one slip could mean serious injury—perhaps even death.”
When I read those words, my thoughts turned immediately to the verse before us today, for no animal has such perfect correlation of its front and rear feet as the deer. When it leaps from rock to rock, its back feet land exactly where its front feet had been placed.
If we are to climb higher with God than we have ever gone before, then more is needed than just speed. We must know spiritual sure-footedness also. Let’s determine we will let nothing stand in the way of making our feet like hinds’ feet and climbing with God to the “high places.”
My Father and my God, hear my prayer as I begin perhaps a new chapter in my spiritual experience. Help me to climb higher with You than I have ever gone before, and do it not only with speed, but with sure-footedness also. In Jesus’ name. Amen.