Don’t you love mountaintop experiences?
But those times in the valley . . . not so much.
We love it when we can actually feel the Lord’s presence and when our hearts are overflowing with hope and joy. Oh, how we would love to stay on top of the mountain forever.
- God called Moses to lead His people on a mountain. (Exodus 3)
- He gave His commandments to Moses on a mountain. (Exodus 20)
- God defeated the Prophets of Baal on a mountain. (1 Kings 18)
- Elijah heard God’s quiet voice on a mountain. (1 Kings 19)
- Jesus revealed His transfigured glory on a mountain. (Matthew 17)
Mountain-top experiences are awesome and inspiring.
Psalm 84 begins with the following…
How lovely is your dwelling place,Psalm 84:1–2
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
As much as you and I love being on the mountain there are times when God allows us to walk through a valley on our way to the mountain.
What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,Psalm 84:5–6
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
I’m not a fan of the valleys.
But the Lord has shown me that it has been during those times spent in the valley that I am most likely to look up and truly SEEK Him.
I look up to the mountains—Psalm 121:1–2
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
The Lord has also shown me that by His grace, I have never had to walk through a valley alone.
Even when I walkPsalm 23:4
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for You are close beside me.
So, I’ve learned to say with confidence that…
No matter how I feel . . . whether I’m high on the top of the mountain or low in the valley, God has always been with me. And I can make that promise to you, too. Wherever you are . . . God is close beside you. You are not alone.
If you are currently walking through a dark valley. Pause and listen quietly. Be still and know. Look up and listen. “God is our sun and shield. He gives us grace and glory.”
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.Psalm 84:11–12
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
what joy for those who trust in You.
The Life Application Bible Notes add…
God does not promise to give us everything we think is good, but He will not withhold what is permanently good . . . He will not hold back anything that draws us closer and helps us serve Him.
The Good News is that when we rest in the knowledge that God is with us, whether we’re on the mountain-top or in the valley we can say with confidence…
What joy for those who can live in Your house, always singing Your praises. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.Psalm 84:4, 12b
What joy for those who trust in You.
Strength for today, hope for tomorrow, and peace and joy in His presence. That is the goodness and grace of God.
A Prayer to Have Strength and Peace in the Valley
Father, I love mountain-top moments. I don’t love difficult times in the valley. Your Word describes valley experiences as dark and desolate seasons of weeping.
I’ve realized that the challenges of the valley show me my weaknesses and my need for You. It’s in the valley that I look up and SEEK Your face. It’s in the valley that I admit my sins and offer my heart to You in repentance. And it’s in the valley that You take my hand and walk beside me.
Whether I am on the mountain or in the valley You are always with me. You are my light and my salvation You replace my sin with Your grace and enable me to live for Your glory. You give me the strength and peace I need to trust Your will one day at a time.
So, even in the darkest valley, I can, with Your help, live without fear. I can look up and say, “My help comes from the Lord, my Creator, my Savior, my Help in times of need.” You are the One who protects me and lifts my head to SEEK Your face.
Thank you for always being with me. On the mountain or in the valley . . . wherever I am, I am never alone. You are my strength and You give me peace. You are the One who saves me. And “With my whole being, body, and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.” Amen.
Whether you are on top of the mountain or walking through a dark valley today . . . remember, God is with you.
And where the Lord is there is strength, peace, and joy.
May He bless you today as He reminds you to “Look Up!”
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