Bible Verses for Hikers

Lathrop Canyon Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Lathrop Canyon Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Hi all!  So between travels, internet issues, and the site having some crazy issues last week, I haven’t posted over here in a while!  But I’m excited to be back on track for a bit.

Here are some of my favorite verses that relate to hiking – enjoy!

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Crossing the Keane Wonder Spring Outlet, Death Valley National Park, California
Crossing the Keane Wonder Spring Outlet, Death Valley National Park, California

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

“…’The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’” (Joshua 14:9)

Hiking up Lava Mountain, Wyoming
Hiking up Lava Mountain, Wyoming

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast… even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Psalm 139: 7-10; 12)

Stars over the Alabama Hills, California
Stars over the Alabama Hills, California

“”As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights… You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.” (2 Samuel 22:31-34; 37)

Indian Pass Trail, Adirondack Park, New York
Indian Pass Trail, Adirondack Park, New York

“My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped. I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 17:5-8)

Near the Lava Falls Trail in the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Near the Lava Falls Trail in the Grand Canyon, Arizona

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” (Psalm 40:1-5)

Views from the Dragontail, Glacier National Park, Montana
Views from the Dragontail, Glacier National Park, Montana

“For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.” (Psalm 56:13)

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

Sunrise in Big Bend National Park, Texas
Sunrise in Big Bend National Park, Texas

“He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have not traveled before. 4 Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD – with the first of them and with the last – I am he.” (Isaiah 41:3-4)

“For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” (Psalm 116:8-9)

Climbing in Upper Chute Canyon, Utah
Climbing in Upper Chute Canyon, Utah

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”” (Isaiah 52:7)

“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:19)

Skyline Divide, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington
Skyline Divide, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” (Hebrews 12:10)

“”Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. For forty years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.” (Nehemiah 9:19-20)

Teton Shelf Trail, Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area, Wyoming
Teton Shelf Trail, Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area, Wyoming

“Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path” (Psalm 27:11)

“The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. The clouds poured down water, the skies resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth. Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked. Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.” (Psalm 77:16-19)

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

“The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.” (Proverbs 15:19)

“The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. Yes, LORD , walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.” (Isaiah 26:79)

“I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son.” (Jeremiah 31:9)

Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana
Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD , the splendor of our God. Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow. And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isaiah 35)