The Worship Quote of the Week for (09/03/1996):

A Pilgrim Psalm
After a long weekend in the glorious mountains of North Carolina, I have
chosen verses from Psalm 121 as the WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK. This passage
puts God's creation in its place.

A Pilgrim Psalm

I look up to the mountains;
does my strength come from the mountains?
No, my strength comes from Yahweh,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.

He won't let you stumble,
your Guardian God won't fall asleep.
Not on your life! Israel's
Guardian will never doze or sleep.

Yahweh's your Guardian,
right at your side to protect you -
Shielding you from sunstroke,
sheltering you from moonstroke.

Yahweh guards you from every evil,
he guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return,
he guards you now, he guards you always.

- from THE MESSAGE: PSALMS, by Eugene Peterson, NavPress, 1994.

[Seeing the grandeur of the mountains or the power and expanse of the ocean,
it's not hard to see how people throughout history have found themselves
worshipping various aspects of nature. The psalmist was right to direct our
attention beyond the mountains to the ultimate source, the Creator God. How
fabulous that the Maker of the Mountains is also so personal in his love, so
complete in his care! ("right at your side to protect you." )

Have a great week,
Chip Stam