Jun
16

Pitching My Tent

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I have an aversion to camping. Actually, I despise camping. In my mind, camping means dirt, bugs, snakes, briars, smoky campfires, inconvenience, dirty bathrooms, and showers without curtains.  And while that may sound strange coming from a girl raised on the farm, I can validate my feelings.

From Smith Lake to the Tennessee River, I’ve pitched my tent with the best of them until that night.

Early in our years of marriage, my husband and I decided to camp out for the night. We go with his cousins and camp on the banks of the Tennessee River. The guys would fish. The gals would lie out in the sun and read. The plan worked great until theory became reality.

We didn’t have any real camping equipment, but that wouldn’t really be a problem, would it? We were young and idealistic (a glamorized word meaning a lack of knowledge).  We’d just sleep in the back of our little Toyota pickup on a piece of foam mat. Ah, I could just envision the stars and moon glimmering above our heads.

That night, temperatures unexpectedly plunged to near freezing. I gained new understanding of the phrase, “not a happy camper”.  Somewhere in the middle of the night, I crawled out of the bed of the truck and into the miniature cab. The “ideal” trip went downhill from there. Let’s just say that I have not ever been “camping” again.

However, I do know what it means to pitch a tent and today I found myself intrigued by David’s prophecy of Jesus in Psalm 16 as reference by Peter in Acts 2. Reading the prophecy in several versions and then looking into the original language, I found David’s phrase that “my flesh will rest in hope” interpreted literally as pitching a tent in hope and living in the anticipated fulfillment of that hope. Not only did David prophesy of Jesus, but he spoke to us about hope and joy as well.

Acts 2:25 For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown or cast down [from my secure and happy state].

26 Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly; moreover, my flesh also will dwell in hope [will encamp, pitch its tent, and dwell in hope in anticipation of the resurrection].

27 For You will not abandon my soul, leaving it helpless in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death].

28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence. (Amplified)

How do we pitch a tent in hope? What does it mean for our flesh to pitch a tent in hope?

Well, in the natural there are some guidelines for pitching a tent including finding a good place for the tent during the daylight, placing the opening in the right direction, and staking it down securely.

If we pitch our tent in the hope of Christ, we are anchoring our lives in light and truth. Just as David recorded, we should keep the Lord always before our face, focusing our hearts on him. Our hearts will rejoice and our words be glad. We will know that God will not abandon us. We will discover the ways of life, and we can know the fullness of joy that comes from being in his presence.

Do you need hope?

Where have you pitched your tent?

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