I have loved our excursions in the Alps of Haute Savoie, France. And once we have even surprised a herd of Ibex mountain goats. But we have never come across a brood of chickens on those heights! Even though some breeds have an extra toe, none could grip, climb and keep their balance on a mountainous terrain. The feet of deer and mountain goats are sure-footed and allow them to scale the heights.
Today’s verse comes from David’s song of praise for God’s deliverance from Saul. He begins it saying, “I love You Lord, my strength.” He describes God as His shield, rock, fortress, and stronghold. David recognizes that it is God giving him strength to stand on the heights of victory over his enemies (verse 32). His feet are as sure-footed as the deer and David even thanks God that his ankles do not give way (verse 36). It is God who helps Him and makes him great.
When I look down at my feet, I see chicken’s feet! Without His help and strength, I am unsure and wobbly. When the path is level I can do pretty well on my own. The problem is that life is seldom smooth. My path is strewn with pits and obstacles. My enemies are often the unseen ones of doubt, discouragement, fear and frustration. They trip me up. I need God’s help and strength everyday. When He answers my cry, He infuses strength in my soul to face the hard times. He not only gets me through but He gives me victory! How incredible to stand on the heights and enjoy the view of His faithfulness!
Lord, make my feet like the deer today.