On the Mountains

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from Godwho made heaven, and earth, and mountains.” (Psalm 121:1-2, MSG)

What a powerful verse, and great way to start the day! You might be worn out toward the end of a tiring week, or maybe you’re just spinning your wheels in a perpetual state of exhaustion. The good news is God is strong, and He wants you strong (Ephesians 6:10). God willingly and lovingly shared His eternal power with you, but He always wants you to remember the source.

Mountains are very significant in the Bible, with over 500 mentions, including many major events of eternal significance. From peeking out of the water for Noah during the flood, to God calling Moses, the giving of the 10 Commandments, to Jesus’ crucifixion then ascension, and so many other accounts, mountains are extremely significant.

Another reason mountains are so prevalent in the Bible is because they are part of the landscape. They provide for defense, geographical boundaries, and gathering places. Some mountains and valleys provided such acoustical benefits, that they were used like amphitheaters (think of Jesus giving His Sermon on the Mount). The middle east is a mountainous and rocky region, so it makes sense that God would utilize this as a way to draw people’s eyes from beyond the horizon to the heavens. As in so many things, however, people had (and still do) the tendency to misplace the significance, worshiping the “thing” as opposed to the Source.

Today’s verse from Psalm 121 tells us to look beyond the mountains to the One who made the mountains. Yes they are important geographically, practically, and spiritually, but pale in comparison to God. As mighty as a mountain might seem, it is humbling to think that God shaped and formed it with His almighty hands.

If you need some strength and encouragement today, don’t look for it from “things’; rather, look for your help from the One who created them all!

Worthy, O Master! Yes, our God! Take the glory! the honor! the power!
You created it all; it was created because you wanted it.
(Revelation 4:11, MSG)

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for making me, and all the things you created for me to enjoy. Forgive me for the times I look for help to the things of this earth — as mighty as they may be — as opposed to you. You are the maker of all things, and for that, I praise you. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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