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King of the Mountain
Psalm 9
by Scott Owings

    Young children love the game, "King of the Mountain". It is an exciting game of seeking to reach the top of a pile of dirt (or something similar) by pushing other people down along the way. Though all effort is made to become the King, the glory is usually short-lived; everyone wants to be King!

    Unfortunately, this game often continues through life. In sports, in school, and then later on the job, the goal is often to reach the top and the strategy is to push others down. This is, however, the way of the world, not the way of God.

    Psalm 9 is a prayer of thanksgiving to the lord, the rightful King of the Mountain. Unlike our game, however, the Lord calls us up to sit beside him. He wants us to join him at the top and to reign with him. There is, however, one crucial pre-requisite: we must give up our desire to reign alone.

    As parents, therefore, our assignment is to constantly teach and model that the goal of life is not to be better than others, but to strive to join God on his mountain and bring others with us.

    P.S. There is plenty of room on top, so don’t push others down on the way, either!

Psalm 9

1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying to me, "There is no help for you in God." Selah
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
4 I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.
6 I am not afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Rise up, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Deliverance belongs to the Lord; may your blessing be on your people!
Bible text is from The New Revised Standard Version, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989). Used by permission.

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Title: "King of the Mountain"
Author: Scott Owings
Publication Date: February 3, 2000



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