Up on the mountain

first_img TAGSDavidGod’s PresenceInspirationIsraelMike GillandMountaintop ExperienceThe Shepherd Radio Network Previous articleSt. Johns River water managers prepare for hurricane season, offer tips to homeownersNext articleThe 100 deadliest days for teen drivers have begun Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate InspirationBy Mike GillandSeveral years ago, I had the privilege of taking a trip to Israel, and it was quite an adventure. I had no ability to accurately anticipate all that I would see in this country that was the site and stage for so many of the biblical accounts that I held so dear.There were a couple of things that really stood out.  One was the fact that Israel was the rockiest place I had ever seen!  Every field was seemingly teeming with rocks.  It gave me an entirely different perspective on that passage that states, “If we don’t praise Him, even the rocks will cry out…” (Luke 19:40). In Israel, I realized that more than just a few rocks would be available for that task.Another thing that surprised me was the hilly terrain, especially in Jerusalem. Our trip ended in this most important city. In biblical times, it was the home of many mountaintop experiences for the Psalmists, including David.  It was the site and destination for the annual conference-type festivals, such as the Feast of the Tabernacle, and the Feast of the Passover.  These were special days, set aside for all Jews, as the Israelites would leave their routines, their homes, and their occupations for one purpose… to gather together in celebration of their God, the One true God.  While many aspects of their worship would be different from ours today, there are some similarities. They loved to sing praises to God, they would hear the teaching of the Word of God, and they would enjoy rich fellowship.But, no feast, festival, or conference lasts forever. It is true now, and it was true then. It wouldn’t be long until those who had made the pilgrimage for the feast had to return home. They couldn’t live forever “up on the mountain.”When I was there, I often thought of King David who sought the Lord on those hills while watching over his father’s sheep. Without a doubt, David had many mountaintop experiences with God. But for David, coming to the mount of God meant more than a particular place or spot. David’s mountaintop was the presence of the LORD! When the only joyful noise filling his ears was the bleating of contented sheep, David was training himself to marvel at the wonder of God. He became proficient at playing the harp – not in the company of King Saul, or in some band with friends, learning all the latest “harp licks”. No, without a doubt, he perfected this craft in solitude, all alone before God, singing to Him songs of praise and worship.David sought the Lord, not the mountain top experience. Even much later, when Nathan the prophet confronted him saying, “You are the man,” David gained solace and comfort in the presence of God. Psalm 51 is one of the most passion-filled sections of scripture. It is the picture of a broken man, crying out to a merciful God, asking Him not to remove His holy presence from him. His longing was to taste once again the sweetness that is found in true fellowship with the Lord.Mountaintop experiences are indeed refreshing. But no one ever stays in that place. God calls us back into daily life, and there, waiting for us all, are the valleys of life. But even in the valley, His presence is near. And His presence beats the mountain view every time. The Anatomy of Fear Mike Gilland is Operations Manager for The Shepherd Radio Network, a group of radio stations in Florida that features the “Christian Teach/Talk” format. Mike hosts a daily talk radio show in the 2 PM hour called “Afternoons with Mike”, talking to local pastors and newsmakers.  In Orlando, The Shepherd is heard on WIWA, AM 1270.   In addition to his broadcast experience, Mike spent 36 years in full-time ministry as a pastor and worship leader.  As a guitarist, Mike performs at concerts, restaurants, private parties, etc. He is married to Cindy, the father of four grown children and grandfather to seven grandchildren. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Tickets Now Available for Punk Rock Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock. The MCC Theater production, directed by Trip Cullman, will star Big Love’s Douglas Smith. Performances begin on October 29 at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre, where it will run through December 7. Opening night is set for November 17. In addition to Smith, Punk Rock will feature Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert, Annie Funke, David Greenspan, Colby Minifie, Will Pullen and Noah Robbins. Stephens is currently represented on Broadway by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Punk Rock View Comments Related Shows Inspired by Stephens’ own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock explores contemporary adolescence at the breaking point as a group of seventeen-year-olds in Manchester, England flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014last_img read more

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