Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Valley of Baca


In the almost two years I have had my blog, the posts that generate the most random hits are the ones on the Valley of Baca.


This little verse in Psalm 84:6 has intrigued many.


So, I did a little more research this morning. (I really want to write a story, but I don't have time - and that is killing my little soul!)


Valley of Baca:

It seems the scholars can't agree if this was a real valley or just a poetic use of words. It is agreed that the phrase was used to signify a valley of weeping.


The point that I have not mentioned before in my other posts on the Valley of Baca is that of considering the entire Psalm 84.


(Before you go any further, please bear in mind that I am NOT a scholar. :) In fact, although I was able to skip the majority of my college English classes, my weakness has always been when the ask: "What was the author trying to say in this paragraph?" I don't ever remember getting those questions right!)


But, to ME, this whole chapter is about being in the presence of God.


The Psalmist begins with "How lovely is Your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God."


Have you been like that lately? Have you just gotten so hungry to feel God's presence that nothing else matters?


If you have no clue what I am talking about, then, trust me, it is high time you did.


To experience the presence of the Creator of the Universe is like nothing you will ever experience anywhere! His love is overwhelming and His holiness is unmistakable.


And once you have encountered His Presence by knowing His Person, you will not be the same.


The psalmist also talks about wanting the presence of God so much that one is willing to go on the pilgrimage to find HIM.


I could go on, but I am going to stop here, and encourage you to read the entire chapter with that thought - "finding and experiencing God's Presence".


Going through the Valley of Baca is part of a journey- a journey that takes you to the feet of our God, a journey that leads you into His Presence.


Sure, there may be weeping, but how it is worth it!

Click on the links below to my other posts on Baca as well.


blessings to you as you enter His Presence!
dorinda




2 comments:

beloved Mama said...

I remember these posts- they spoke volumes to my soul- and oh how I have been there! You really should do a teaching series to women on this subject! Your church is amazing- how do I know? because I've met some of the women being fed through your ministry in the bloggy world- AND I read your husband's blog--- humility and anointing shine through all of your blogs!

Treasure Seeker said...

awwwwww. aren't you sweet?!

our church is amazing- the people are wonderful and giving!

(did you know this was the church i grew up in? kind of cool huh?)

thanks for your sweet words. God is so good to pour His spirit into us!

luv ya!
db