There are times when I read a passage of scripture, and it goes right over my head. Later, the Lord will direct me to the same passage again, and it's as if one verse is framed in neon, and takes on a whole new meaning that applies so perfectly to my life at that moment. I guess that's why we're told that "the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword..." (Hebrews 4:12).
Recently, that happened to me as I was reading Psalm 84. In the NASB translation, Psalm 84:5 says, "How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion!"
I had been studying about the cities of refuge, and what they mean to us as Christians, so this verse took on special meaning. And I asked myself if the highways to Zion are in my heart. Do all of my roads take me to Christ? Do all of my desires, all my thoughts, all my emotions, all my intentions point me to Him? Have I put obstacles in my own way, road blocks that make me stumble? Are there potholes I haven't repaired? Do I have detours that take me off that road?
I was further intrigued by the thought that the Lord didn't say that the fastest one to Zion wins, or that I had to move down that highway in a certain type of vehicle, or that my journey would be compared with anyone else's. He simply blesses us if our hearts have the highways that take us to him!
I contemplated that for a while, and joyfully understood that the moment I surrendered my life to Christ, those highways were in my heart, already smooth and paved, and all of them took me to Christ. It is my job to keep them clear and well-maintained, to make sure they're not compromised by obstacles or unexpected pitfalls. It's my job to stay on that road. And if I ever do take a detour, with heartfelt repentance I can turn that road back to the highway.
Don't we serve a remarkable Lord, that he would bless us just for looking toward him? That the journey, itself, is blessed.
My prayer for each of my readers is that you will have the highways to Zion in your heart, and that every single road in your life will move you closer to Almighty God, who helps us on our journey, and waits with open arms when we arrive!