The Quest

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Higher Ground"1 (Lyrics)

Psalm 63:1 – O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (NIV)

The other night as I was cleaning the corral, I got such a laugh. I had just finished locking the animals in the stable because a lone wolf had been about again. Due to the long summer days and warm evenings, I left the top half of the door open to allow for air flow and to let the horses look out as they desired.

What I saw, however, as I glanced up, was not a horse but a goat. In her determination to see what was going on, Agnes had leapt atop the goat house beside the stable door. From this "higher ground", she was busily peering out and around the door frame. Trust goats to find a way to get what they want!

This incident gave me a good chuckle, but it also brought to mind the words of Johnson Oatman Jr.'s wonderful hymn, Higher Ground, which begins:

    I'm pressing on the upward way,
    New heights I'm gaining every day;
    Still praying as I'm onward bound,
    "Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

Singing this inspiring tune as I continued to rake prompted me to consider my position as a Christian. Even though I am retired and the majority of my earthly days are behind me, do I still earnestly seek God with all my heart? Does my soul truly thirst to know Him better? Does my body constantly long to do His will amidst a dry and weary land where so many have turned away from the living water of truth? Am I still pressing on the upward way? Is my prayer above all else still to have my spiritual feet planted on higher ground? Or have I become complacent, comfortable in my relationship with my Lord, perhaps even taking it for granted, feeling that there isn't much more to discover or much more that He has for me to do?

And yet, as I believe that the Holy Spirit reminded me, our God is eternal, never ending — a truth which means that we can never, ever, come to the end of knowing, growing in, and serving Him, no matter what our age or condition, a quest which, as I consider it, I am indeed committed to pursuing.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that we can never, ever, come to the end of knowing, growing in, and serving You. Bless us this day with hearts, wills, and minds that seek You above all else. Indeed, Lord, plant our feet on higher ground. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

Forward this devotional     Share this devotional on Facebook     Like PresbyCan on Facebook

About the author:

Lynne Phipps <>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

Send your feedback to the author

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Lynne. Just thanks for your devotionals they are good. How can you say you are retired when you do so much with your animals? Enjoy them.

    Amen to that. What an amazing God we serve.
    Have a wonderful Canada Day weekend.

    Thank you, Lynne, for always writing an inspirational message, challenging me each and every time to seek out my Lord and Saviour. The comical antics of your pets are always enjoyable, bringing a smile to my face. Keep up the good work! Blessings!

    Thank you for this most inspiring and encouraging message, Lynn.
    I, too, am not as young as I used to be, and spend more time each day dwelling on God and His blessings to me.

    Hi Lynn,
    Thank you for your devotional today and also for taking on Mr. Ross’s job or part of it(?). I
    Blessings in all you do.

    Dear Lynn,
    I always enjoy your devotionals, but today’s spoke to me particularly. I, too, am growing older and have recently entered a new stage of life – widowhood. It is encouraging to know, when I am sure I will never be useful again, to remember that we don’t ever stop learning and growing in the Lord and in eternity this fact will be all the more glorious.

    WELL SAID, Lynne. Good thoughts for everyone but especially for those of us who have arrived at a certain age and think we have no more to give. For years I, like many others, taught in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. This year we return from vacation one day and VBS is the next day. SO, I thought…someone else can help with VBS. Then, I thought, well, why in the world should vacation diminish your service to the Lord and his children. You know the result.

    Good Afternoon Lynn,
    Thank you so much for your inspirational message today.
    Exactly the same thing has been going through my mind a lot recently, as old age, [85], has become challenging of late.
    For many years I have been telling elderly friends in our Church Family that our prayers are just as important and effective as ever, regardless of our age, but a monotony seems to have crept into mine, as the zest for life slowly diminishes.
    Now, after your encouragement, and of course with “His Help”, I hope for a renewal of fervour.
    Please keep up your interesting, encouraging, and effective manner of leading us closer to Our Father in Heaven, His Son Our Saviour, and The Holy Spirit to lead us onward and upward.

    Dear Lynne,
    I am in agreement to your quest of wanting to reach higher ground.
    Thanks for sharing this thought with us. Getting to see what more the Lord has in store is a glorious thought!
    God bless.

    Lynne, as always, I enjoyed your devotional. Animals have a cute way of teaching us some valuable lessons.
    Hope you have a great holiday!

    May God plant your feet on higher grounds.

Next Post

PresbyCan is a community of faithful, Holy Spirit-filled, Christ-centred, God-honouring Christians.