“Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:4-5
Many Aboriginal tribal groups in Australia have a fear of heights. A fear that has been handed down for thousands of years. It comes from the belief that the evil spirits have complete dominion over high places. So climbing a mountain to see the distant horizon has always been something to be feared. It is discouraged. It fascinates me that in this modern day the telecommunication companies always look for the highest place to construct their signal towers. The higher you are the further you reach it seems. As in the days of old our mountains are littered with modern Asherah poles to the pagan God’s of mammon and power.
As followers of Jesus… we need not fear the evil spirit’s that attempt to oppress our lives. He has become our high place. He alone is worthy to be worshipped and honoured. His blood shed on the Cross has given us victory over every evil spirit that attempts to take the high ground of our journey. Our hope is secure in Christ and Christ alone.
For this is what the high and exalted One says he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15
I would appreciate your prayers over this coming week as a small team and I serve small churches in remote Aboriginal communities in the Western Desert. There is no mobile phone communication out there but I look forward to bringing back a good report of what God is doing in people’s lives.
Until next week.
Pictured: The Western Desert