In 1991 Tom Corchane wrote the song Life is A Highway and in 2006 Rascal Flatts brought the song back to life when it became a hit song on the Walt Disney soundtrack for the movie Cars. At this point in my life my wife and were celebrating 15 years of marriage. Our kids were 9, 11, and 13. Reflecting over the years, there are two observations I have about life; life is a highway and it is extremely difficult!
Life is hard, isn't it?
Think about this for a moment. Throughout life we face physical sickness and death. Financial problems. Depression. Anxiety. Marital conflict. Family conflict. Stressful jobs. Abuse. Car problems. Infertility. Addiction. Trouble in school. Conflict with friends. Loneliness. Rejection. Miscarriages. Chronic illnesses. The list could go on and on.
Before you get too discouraged about this highway of life I want to remind you that in the midst of the enormous challenges, God offers hope. The writer of Psalms 84 has this to say in v5: How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion!
We have seen this word blessed before. This is the same word back from our study in Psalm 1. As we worked through Psalm 1 we discovered that this Hebrew word "esher" has a strong connection with our understanding of happy. In Psalm 1 we met the happy man on a path. Psalm 84 identifies the heart of this happy man on a highway. The writer of Psalm 84 reminds us that our hearts are on the highway of life and it naturally follows the direction of our desires. Therefore we pursue those things that we consider to be life giving. Without God, our desires will always lead us in the wrong direction.
It is also important to understand that when we face obstacles and difficulties in life we run to that thing we believe will bring us blessing or happiness. Unfortunately, the highways of our hearts often create paths to stagnant diseased infested ponds which satisfy at first but wreak havoc later. These infested ponds are not to be misunderstood as the early rain of blessing identified in verse 6.
As you prepare to better understand this passage and work through the text on Sunday, I want to encourage you to do four things with this Psalm.
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