Mountain Goat
genus Oreamnos, not a goat

This morning I wrote the LORD:

“Good morning, Papa Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Ruach (Spirit)! I love and like all three of you. My spirit person delights in your ways!”

But I was very aware that my old, natural person has been attracted to defeat and negativity over the last several days. As I pondered this, the following Keith Green song, “My Eyes Are Dry,” came to mind and I sang it a couple of times.

“My eyes are dry
My faith is old
My heart is hard
My prayers are cold
And I know how I want ought to be
Alive to You and dead to me
But what can be done
For an old heart like mine
Soften it up With oil and wine
The oil is You, Your Spirit of love
Please wash me anew
With the wine of Your Blood.”
(Keith Green 1978)

Then, I heard the LORD say to the Devil, (from where we were sitting at the Throne of Grace. Hebrews 4:15; Ephesians 2:6):

“Quit picking on my son, John! In Us, he is standing without stumbling, and he is blameless before us right now and always, through our Word and Jesus’ blood! We are able to make him blameless! Cease your carping accusations, Evil One, and company. (Jude 24-25; Revelation 12:10; Psalm 46:10)

“So, Right now! Get away from him.” The LORD demanded.

Then the LORD called to some of the angels!

“Guard John, so he doesn’t stumble (Psalm 91:12). Deliver him from temptation. Make his feet as steady as a mountain goat (which is not a true goat or genus Capra. It’s a genus Oreamnos, differentiated from goats by its horns! Nice to know.)!

Encouraged, I looked up these cool scriptures:

“God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s (e.g., mountain goats are North American, so maybe that’s why the LORD called me a mountain goat. Anyway, I believe their hooves are very similar); he makes me tread on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19, ESV)

“He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.” (Psalm 18:33, ESV)

And my eyes were no longer dry!

And I realized, it’s different and wonderful to live in the high places of the heavenlies. Our “old person” doesn’t like it (Romans 8:7), perhaps due to altitude sickness or loneliness for the more populated lower-places. Our “new person” delights in it (Romans 7:22) probably because we get to hang out at the Throne of Grace more often!