Faith Markers

When my husband and I were hiking a few years ago, we started out on a clearly marked mountain trail. But the further we went; we saw fewer and fewer trail markers. After trudging through the wilderness for several hours, we finally admitted we were lost. Right before dark, we wandered onto a mountain road and flagged down a lone pick-up truck to hitch a ride back to our car–over twenty miles away!

Whenever I find myself wandering through the wilderness of fear, I’ve learned to depend on “faith markers” to get me back on the trail and out of the woods. One of my favorite faith markers is Psalm 46. Many times in the early morning hours, before my eyes open, especially when I’ve been walking through a season of intense pain or fear, Psalm 46 comes to my lips.

As I quote my faith marker, it takes me to the sanctuary of God’s reality. It leads me to moments of worship. It reminds me that He’s the One who—with one word—can melt the earth or rebuke the raging sea.

I need faith markers to keep my heart pressing into the path He’s marked out for me when I’m tempted to wander through a wilderness of fear, deception, despair, and self-centered thinking. Faith Markers keep my heart:

  1. ruled by peace
  2. rooted in joy
  3. receptive to truth
  4. rallied to fresh worship
  5. radically committed to His purpose

Please check back next Thursday and Friday, because I’d like to share with you an example of how this works by using the truths from Psalm 46. In the meantime, do you have a favorite faith marker you’d like to share with us today?

Originally posted 11.18.11 at