"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: September 19

“Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse … look … from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards” ~ Song of Solomon 4:8a-c

He does not call us to follow Him always “a little higher” just for the sake of spiritual exercise.

Spiritual exercise is good, but here in this fragment of the “green stone” we shared yesterday, we see why H calls us to the mountains with Him. We see why it is a “green stone” verse and cause for rejoicing.

It is actually cause for rejoicing just to be on a mountain with Jesus. Peter liked it so well he wanted to stay (Matthew 17:4). And Jesus does call us to the top of the mountain sometimes so that we can see Him in His glory. So we can be with Him there. He calls us when He knows we need to go.

“Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse … look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lion’s dens, from the mountains of the leopards.” Here I [Eugenia Price, the author] believe is the great secret of His call to ever higher ground. When we follow, we learn to climb, and we also come to the place of being able to face the fact that in this life, even the lovely mountains not only have rough ways up their rocky sides, they are also “the mountains of the leopards”! Leopards are killers. They represent our particular fears prowling about on our “mountains.”

Christ calls us to come with him right into these “mountains of the leopards” and let Him prove to us that “perfect love casteth out fear.” He calls us to come with Him up into our life-mountains exactly as frightening as they are and following Him, to let the dangers spring and the temptations roar in His presence! He dares us to stand with Him and “look … from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.”

“Fear not: for I have redeemed thee. I have called thee by name; thou art mine.”

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