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He Is

On a recent road trip through southern Utah, I pulled into the Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park to stretch my legs and get a bit of fresh air.  This part of the park is conveniently located just off Interstate 15, and is a great preview of the remainder of this great place.  The red rock formations are incredible and majestic.  Every time I visit this spot the landscape tends to take on a different appearance, mostly due to the lighting and type of sky that serves as a backdrop.  On this day the early morning mist still hung low, as the sun tried to pierce through the clouds.  The high rocks seemed even more daunting that usual with this setting, and some Scriptural references to God as a High Tower immediately came to mind.  I felt that the 2 Samuel passages were appropriate for the image.


Last Light

As the shadows were swallowing up the last rays of this evening’s sun, a muley buck trotted across our place with a mission in mind.  The rut is in full swing here, and he only has a limited number of days to find receptive does.  Avoiding the hunter’s aim is paramount to his success and survival.


So what is the “joyful sound?”  I believe it refers to the gospel message of salvation, which is indeed a message of joy, peace and comfort to those who believe in Jesus Christ.  Walking in the light of His countenance requires obedience to Biblical principles and the commands of Christ.  This sets the stage for Him to allow us to yield fruit (see my previous post) through what we do, say and participate in…as a result of our faith and salvation, not as a condition thereof!

Bearing Fruit


A New Song

We have had a couple hatches of Mountain Bluebirds this summer, and the new crop has been learning to forage on their own this week.  I try to keep a ground-level pan of water filled for drinking and bathing, and the youngsters readily use it.  They tend to be pretty skittish, but this evening they seemed to want a bath more than they wanted to distance themselves from me and my camera!  One would think that a bird as beautiful as the Mountain Bluebird would have an incredible song and vocals, but that isn’t really the case.  It is not that their song is bad, it just isn’t very musical.  Typically they are most vocal in the morning, but on a cool evening they will break out in song…as it were.


Sing unto him a new song: play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalm 33:3

From J. Vernon MeGee’s Thru the Bible:  We are to sing a new song unto the Lord. What is that new song? Several psalms speak of a new song that will be sung in the future. I think when the time comes to sing that new song there will be new singers also. I am going to have a new body, and I think I will be able to sing. I hope the Lord will let me sing in heaven. Revelation 5:9 says, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” The psalmist exhorts us to sing a song of praise to God because He is our Creator, but the new song we will sing in heaven will be because the Lord Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. In Revelation 14:3 we read, “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.” A new song will be sung in the future.


In Remembrance, 2015

2015 Memorial Day Flat



At great length, King Solomon opined about the vanity of life and the pleasures of things which man has made. Some people might read the first couple chapters of Ecclesiastes and draw the conclusion that life is futile. But Solomon goes on to make the point that God gives life meaning and value. While the things we labor over are only temporary, the ways and actions of God will always stand because He is in control. The book of Ecclesiastes touches on many aspects of humanity that we are confronted with daily. Solomon’s writing style gets a lot of traction from skepticism and pessimism, making me wonder if he might have relied upon sarcasm in social intercourse. Nonetheless, if you’re feeling somewhat undervalued or maybe as worthless as the remains of this pier at Whittington Beach in Hawaii, I’d suggest taking a short trip through this book to get a no-nonsense life course correction.


Sunrise to Sunset



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