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The Valley of Baca

The Valley of Baca

Remember the sons of Korah, who after seeing their fathers demise in the desert, determined to strive after the Lord.  They wrote Psalm 84 about the Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God.  It is a psalm about a journey or a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and about passing through the Valley of Baca which literally means weeping. Likewise, we are also on a journey to a place; like Abraham saw, a city that is not made by human hands and we also will pass through dry and harsh places on our journey.  But fear not, we are not alone. v.1 “How lovely is Your tabernacle (or dwelling places) O Lord of hosts”  The place where God lives is a wonderful place.  Now in the new birth He chooses to make His home inside of us. v.2 “My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God”.   We can see their overwhelming desire to serve in the house of the Lord.  Think of how a young baby cries out – with every part of their body shaking and longing for mothers milk – so the sons of Korah desire above all us to serve in Gods house, knowing the richness of their God.  Do you have this desire, this deep longing to draw nearer to your God today? v.5-7 starts “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.  As they pass through the Valley of Baca,…”   This valley called Baca is a place that was dry and harsh with snakes and mean people inhabiting it.  It was a hard place but it was not a place to camp at but to keep the travellers heart set on the goal of Jerusalem.  Praise is the key to passing through this valley well.  Happy and to be envied (or blessed) is the man who knows that His God provides him with strength to pass through. You may feel like you are in such a place.  Then now is the time to praise God again…refocus on the goal, Heavenly Jerusalem.  We have been endued with strength and the power to go on by the Holy Spirit (Act 1:8) and the Kingdom of God is inside of us. God is Spirit and our spirit is been born-again to new life in Him. So when we live out of our spirit instead of our flesh/feelings, a renewing of strength comes to keep going. We must understand the effects of praise, hope and knowing that our God is faithful to His own. Also tell a trusted church family member, we walk together. Jesus came that we might have “life and life more abundantly” Jn 10:10. This “more abundantly” is the literally the God kind of life here on earth, right now.  He has place His unlimited-self in each of us with wells of living water to quench the greatest thirst. So when you find yourself in a dry, harsh place like Baca, dig deep into God.  Make firm conscious decisions to activate even more His ways and praise Him through to the other side. Our enemy would want to steal our hopes and joy, to get us sidetracked up a valley of weeping, in his attempt to get us to stop our journey to the Fathers house.  It is so worth the struggle and what hard time can compare to the glory that will be revealed in us – Romans 8:18 So don’t stop or quit!  Keep going forward on the road to eternity.  There will be sign posts along the way to encourage us and direct us to keep moving forward to eternity and His glory. “O Lord of Hosts, Blessed is the man/woman who trusts in You!” v.12 Ps Ray Price