Lord lift me up and let me stand on heaven’s table-land … words of one of my very favorite hymns. What does it really mean when you feel all alone on the mountain? We are helped with Matthew Henry’s comments on the third of three instances we are covering in this series on Lead me higher. Let us learn some lessons about being led to higher ground
Mount Pisgah (Nebo), the mountain in the Bible from which Moses saw the Promised Land for the first time
“Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the LORD showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the LORD said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” (Deuteronomy 34:1-4; NIV
Matthew Henry’s Commentary
Moses seemed unwilling to leave his work; but that being finished, he manifested no unwillingness to die. God had declared that he should not enter Canaan. But the Lord also promised that Moses should have a view of it, and showed him all that good land. Such a sight believers now have, through grace, of the bliss and glory of their future state. Sometimes God reserves the brightest discoveries of his grace to his people to support their dying moments. Those may leave this world with cheerfulness, who die in the faith of Christ, and in the hope of heaven.
Prayer : O Lord please keep us faithful and be with us to the end of life’s journey. Take our hand and lead us on into Your glorious . Presence. Amen
Post-Script : I attended a funeral wake last night and heard how a brother in Christ was so prepared to leave this world that when the time came, he just peacefully left with his hand in the Saviour’s. What a celebration for the family who had two months to prepare to let him go.
Are we prepared to follow the Lord into eternity?
Are members of your family also prepared to release you to the Lord?
If not, it is time to prepare – for your life is as vapour here today, gone tomorrow.
Precious Lord, take my hand