November 07, 2018

Can You Scale a Wall?

Psalm 18:25-31, 46-50

With my God I can scale a wall.

—  Psalm 18:29

Yesterday we talked about Stawamus Chief—the magnificent granite monolith in British Columbia. One of the sides is a sheer cliff, which hikers and climbers refer to as the Grand Wall. When you drive by the Chief, you can sometimes see colorful specks part way up the Grand Wall. If you look closely, you’ll see that those are actually people climbing up the face of the mountain!

Rock climbers need special harnesses, ropes, shoes, clips, and helmets. It’s time-consuming to set up and challenging to climb, even with all the right equipment.

In today’s verse David states, “With my God I can scale a wall.” David was a warrior who, with God’s help, led many successful battles against local enemies who often raided and harassed God’s people. God provided help, resources, and protection, and David knew he could do nothing without God’s constant care. So even while climbing a wall in battle, he could say, “God is with me.”

Did you know God is with you wherever you are, in whatever you are doing? Whether we are scaling a giant rock wall or driving along a road, whether we are working, playing, resting, or sleeping, God surrounds us and guides us. When we are aware of all this, we can also sing along with David: “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!”

Father, when we are at our weakest, you step in and lift us up to new heights. When we were powerless, you gave us Jesus, our Rescuer. Thank you. In your name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Julia Prins Vanderveen

Julia Prins Vanderveen works and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, Trevor, and their three sons. Julia has served as a copastor with Trevor at a church in Vancouver. She is a campus pastor and a humanities teacher at the Vancouver Christian School.

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