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The Pilgrim Roads

November 25, 2016

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The Pilgrim Roads

A pilgrim  is defined  as a traveler  —  and can especially refer  to a person  whose intent is  on getting  to heaven.     They know that in heaven  they will be forever  with the living God —  and that every good thing  they long for  is found only  in the LORD.     With that  in mind,  Psalm 84:4-7 says,

Happy are those  who live at Your house,
always praising You.
Blessed are those  whose refuge  is in You:
Their minds are  on the pilgrim roads.      

As they pass through  the valley  of weeping
He will make it  a place  of springs,
and cover it  with pools  by the early rains.      

They go  from city  to city
till each appears  before God  in Zion.

If we don’t pay attention  to where  we are going,  and get off  on the wrong road,  we will meet up  with problems  of various sorts.     So,  the psalmist notes  how “happy”  those are  who abide with God  and praise Him.     They know  they are safe  with the LORD,  so they take  “refuge”  in Him  during their whole pilgrimage.     Instead  of being distracted  with all the enticing things  of this world,  “their minds  are  on the pilgrim roads.

They know  they will have to  “pass through  the valley  of weeping”  —  the tough times.     They will have  to face  all the challenges  and sadnesses  of this world.     But,  as they face this world’s sadnesses,  God will refresh them  with the kinds  of blessings  only He can give,  to give them  the relief  and refreshment  they need.

In their travels,  “they go  from city  to city”,  that is  from one place  of strengthening  to the next place  of strengthening.     We all keep on going  through this life,  facing various trials  —  and then coming  to some sort  of time  of strengthening.     As we continue on our pilgrimage,  we face other trials,  and again  find God’s strengthening  to go on.

When our pilgrimage ends,  we appear  “before God  in Zion”  —  home at last!     That’s why  it’s so important  to stay  on the right  “pilgrim roads”.

Thankful  for God’s nearness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You are a pilgrim’s  very best companion.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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