Camping out, to me, seems to be a very Biblical thing to do. The command from the Lord in the book of Numbers instructs the children of Israel to live in temporary shelters for a short space of time for Sukkot, or the festival of Tabernacles.
The festival and living in booths relates to the Exodus when the Israelites escaped from Egypt and travelled to Canaan and also to celebrating the harvest.
From the point of view of a suburbanite such as myself, living in a commune in a rural setting provides a fresh context:
Waking up to mooing cattle and bleating sheep instead of traffic and airplanes overhead. Jesus lived in the proximity of animals, mooing cattle and bleating sheep.
Witnessing the Milky Way in all its magnificence, unsullied by light pollution and noise. Glancing at the sky and just wanting to capture it on pixels, by day or night.
Disconnecting from excessive television and connecting with people.
There’s even a higher possibility of simply stumbling into God’s presence without quite realizing it. The quietness is like a water surface in the still of the morning: by it, you can look down and see up.
The campsite was situated next to a mountain. Why does the Psalmist look to the mountains?
- Because the eye is drawn to them.
- Because they are solid landmarks that are never moved.
- Because they are natural fortresses (the defender on higher ground has the initiative over the attacker).
However, they are inanimate objects rooted to earth, with no feeling or favor for people. Therefore the Psalmist observes that his actual help comes from the Lord, the one who made these things: