Grace McClure (Session 4)


Summit Student Conference Grace McClure 2014 Colorado Session 4Hello, everyone! My name is Grace. Let me explain something to you: I am not a morning person. And yet today, as for the past several days, it is 6:30 AM, and I find myself on the Porch, Bible open, listening in wonder and awe to His Word and to the sounds of creation.

Surprisingly, I have found that I have come to love mornings. Right now the sun is just coming over the edge of the mountains, and everything the light touches is covered in the perfume of pine trees and cinnamon. Being from Texas, this is one of my favorite things about Colorado. Here, everything proclaims the glory of God; even the very air we breathe sings of the sweetness of His love.
 This morning I find myself in Psalm 57, written by David when he was hiding from Saul.

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
For in you my soul takes refuge;
In the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge,
Till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry out to God Most High,
To God who fulfills His purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
He will put to shame Him who tramples on me.
God will send out His steadfast love and His faithfulness!

 (57:1-3)

The past few days, we’ve learned a lot about God’s purposes for us, particularly as His image-bearers. We’ve learned how we were created to “fill and form” the earth, just as He filled and formed it in the beginning. We as humans form culture as much as it forms us, and we must be about His business in politics, education, the sciences, the military, the entertainment industry, fashion, art, literature, families, and every other facet of the human culture.

Just as the pine trees fill the air with a message of the glory of God, so we are to permeate culture and fulfill His purposes for us, lifting Him up in the world.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
 Let Your glory be over all the earth!” 
(57:5)

But as we have also learned here at Summit, this will not be met without opposition. As Christians, we face challenges to our worldview every day, in classrooms as well as in places of business, in the media, and even among friends. We live in a world flooded by words and ideas that seek to destroy our beliefs while winning others to their cause. Marxism, Postmodernism, New Spiritualism, and Islamic worldviews all have ways of explaining life and the universe that sound very, very good to huge numbers of people on the earth, and sometimes even to us. How do we respond to them? Our teachers here at the Summit spend their lives answering this question, and they give the fruit of that search to the students, training us in the reasoning behind our faith. We know that other worldviews are flawed, but it is critically important for us as Christians to be able to articulate why, as well as to explain why the Christian worldview is right.

My soul is in the midst of lions; 
I lie down amid fiery beasts—
The children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
Whose tongues are sharp swords.
…
They set a net for my steps; My soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my way,
But they have fallen into it themselves.
 
(57:4, 6)

At Summit, we learn exactly where those “pits” are; where to find the dangers, fallacies, and misunderstandings in each of the major worldviews that face Christians today.

But we have fun, too: we take field trips together, play sports and games together, make music, explore town, and invest in each other’s lives in sweet, sweet fellowship that strengthens us as the Body of Christ. My favorite part of each day is worship time in the evenings, when we spend half an hour or so just singing. Even if you’re not musically inclined, there is something indescribably beautiful in losing yourself and contributing to the one, strong voice of a room packed with people exalting the Most High King, joining the voice of the Church across the world and across time.

If Summit has taught me anything, it is that we must careful to talk (or pray or sing) to God Himself as much as we talk about Him. Has He not done amazing things for us? He has not left us to defend our faith alone. He gives us His own strength and shows us His truth in every moment of our lives. We may not win every argument, and we may not have success as the world defines it; but we cannot suffer defeat in the eyes of heaven, for it is The Lord God, the Creator and Sustainer of Life, Light of the World and the Everlasting who loves us and fights for us.

My heart is steadfast, O God,
My heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

 (57:7-11)