Setting our hearts on pilgrimage

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. Psalm 84:5

Have you ever run across this verse? Before last Wednesday, reading this verse wouldn’t have meant much to me. Last Wednesday morning, I joined a Bible study at Angele’s church. The group is going through “Stepping Up, A Journey through the Psalms of Accent” by Beth Moore. During the Introductory Session Beth Moore really shed some light on this verse for me.

What is pilgrimage and what does it mean to set your heart on pilgrimage? Pilgrims are on a journey. They are not staying where they are. They are passing through. Beth compared this to our lives. We are pilgrims too! We are on a journey and whatever our circumstances are today, we can rest assured we are on a journey. We are not stuck in these circumstances (although many days it might seem that way). We are passing through these circumstances. That is pilgrimage. When we focus on pilgrimage and not our circumstances we have set our hearts on pilgrimage. Setting my heart on pilgrimage is what is going to get me through tomorrow. My Granddaddy Cowsert used to always say, “This too shall pass.” There is wisdom in that.

Tomorrow is a day I’ve dreaded all my life. Infertility has always been one of my biggest fears in life. It’s a bear I’ve always run from. It’s thoughts that have haunted me all my life really. But now here I am facing this huge, gigantic, fierce bear and I am not afraid! God is going to receive the glory here and I stand in anticipation, not fear, waiting to see what God is going to do next!

4 thoughts on “Setting our hearts on pilgrimage

  1. I would not have even thought much about the last part, thanks for sharing. This occured to me:
    “Blessed are those whose strength is in YOU” – Think about it. When one goes on the pilgramage of life, one cannot do it alone. God’s strength is needed. God’s strength is available to each one of us. When we try to do things in our own strength, we fail.

    Thanks for your testimony of the God given peace you have. I am praying for you. Love, Mama

    Psalm 118:6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

    Ephesians 6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

  2. Hey Elaine – I love how this Bible study has us really meditating on the Psalms of assent and truly interacting with God through these specific Psalms. During my prayer times for you I can only imagine how much this study is perfectly placed in your life at this moment. The way we can openly express our every emotion to our God is beyond comfort. And knowing how gifted you are with writing, your written psalms will be a great treasure to you when you look back on this time and see how God has brought you though this season of your pilgrimage. Love you sister!

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