The Pilgrim Roads
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.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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.