Psalm 113:4-5 (The Goliath Expedition)

Read: 1Samuel 20:1-21:15, John 9:1-41, Psalm 113:1-114:8, Proverbs 15:15-17

For the Lord is high above the nations; his glory is higher than the heavens. Who can be compared with the Lord our God,  who is enthroned on high? (Psalm 113:4-5)

The Goliath Expidition

Relate: I love to go for a walk. There’s something about a good hike, getting to the top of a mountain and looking out and seeing the beauty and the majesty of God’s creation. Walking also is a good way to keep in perspective how small we are and how big this world. I think that the longest I have ever walked in one setting was from Clay to Oswego NY. We’re talking just under 26 miles. I don’t remember how long it took but I do know how exhausted I was upon completion. I remember a cop stopping as I was passing through Fulton and offering me a ride. People walk around Fulton all the time, how bad must I have looked for him to spot me out and offer? How stupid was I not to say yes?

With that trip in mind, things like The Goliath Expedition simply blow my mind. In 1998 Karl Bushby began walking in Punta Arenas, Chile. He headed north through Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the US, and Canada. In March, 8 years later, the crossed a frozen Bering Straight from Alaska into Russia. Weather, funding, and Visa issues have stalled them for extended periods of time. The original plan was to be done by 2012 but Russia has banned him from the country for 5 years because of numerous border violations. While serving this ban he plans to walk from LA to Washington to drum up support and to speak with Russian authorities.

React: How many people has Karl met on this journey? How many cultures? How many languages? How much of the beauty of God’s creation, how many of God’s treasures, His people, has he met? In a journey that would have taken fourteen years barring legal trouble, he has briefly passed through a tiny portion of the places on this small globe. Being omnipresent, God is at all these places and more… always. A very tiny portion of the 7+ billion people on this planet know of Karl Bushby and, deservedly, respect him for this Goliath endeavor. One day every one of those 7 billion, as well as all who have come before and who are yet to come will bow before our Lord. Who am I compared to our Lord who is enthroned on high?

Respond:

God, who can compare to You? Even all of us, with all our combined power, greatness, and wealth are nothing compared to You. The fact that You would set aside all Your greatness and splendor to come and walk with us, to come walk with me, is mind blowing. The fact that You would consider me worth giving Your all for… it is incomprehensible. I am awestruck. The only response I can have is to give my everything back to You. One day every knee will bow to You. I chose to do so now. For You alone are worthy.

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7 thoughts on “Psalm 113:4-5 (The Goliath Expedition)

  1. Pingback: The Goliath Expedition (5/17/13) | JimMorrisonDreamDiaries

  2. I look forward to reading more of your posts. I am chronically ill so i enjoy being able to still have fellowship with other believers and study God’s Word. I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Walking is still considered one of the healthiest activities, as it takes time, it is mentally and emotionally satisfying, I composed most of my sermons walking a dog at 5AM!

  4. Beejai:
    You have been at this for such a long time – what a journey of the heart! Your relation and reaction are always personal, insightful and self-revealing. I don’t know if this will make sense to you, but Love aches to enter fully into relation with those that take its study seriously. There is almost a timorousness, and tenderness lest it distort the balance of the soul that opens to its ministrations. It is great and worthy only to the degree that each of its beloveds are raised to greatness in their own right. Keep on singing your songs, my friend!
    Brian

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