Just Changing Mountains

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William Congreve was right when he wrote “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” Music that reflects Scriptural truth always touches me deeply, and often in the midst of trials God will use a song to stir my soul and refresh my spirit. In this case, there have been several songs that have spun around in my head in these recent weeks of trial. These Gospel songs represent the cries of a soul before God – cries I found myself singing to the Lord in recent days:
Strike One Luis Argerich via Compfight
“In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there’s no hiding place.
‘Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe til the storm passes by.”

In the midst of storms and trials, sometimes all you can do is cling to the promise that “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” until God chooses to lift the fog and reveal himself in the trial.
It Just Isn't Cricket, Is it. Neil Howard via Compfight
“When I’m low in spirit, I cry ‘Lord lift me up. I want to go higher with Thee.’
But nothing grows high on a mountain, so he picked out a valley for me.
And he leads me beside still waters somewhere in the valley below.
And he draws me aside to be tested and tried; in the valley he restoreth my soul.”

The screensaver on my computer is of a beautiful high mountain on which there is little vegetation. Truly “nothing grows high on a mountain,” but in the valley of verdant green pastures and soothing, flowing water we are refreshed and strengthened. The Psalmist David near the end of his life penned Psalm 23 and spoke so lovingly of the Shepherd in the valley who meets all of his needs. In the valley, even the valley of the shadow of death, God declares his presence with us and strengthens us for the start of the journey back up the mountain.

The Christian life is often a series of peaks and valleys. When we are on the mountain with Christ, it is easy to have faith and trust, but it is in the valley that our faith is greatly exercised.
Dry Mountain SP8254 via Compfight
“You talk of faith when you’re up on the mountain
But talk comes easy, when life’s at its best.
Now it’s down in the valleys, trials and temptations,
That’s where your faith is really put to the test.
For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.
When things go wrong, he’ll make them right.
The God of the good times, is still God in the bad times.
The God of the day, is still God in the night.”

Our God NEVER changes! Hallelujah! It was his steadfast love and constant presence that saw me through these weeks of discouragement and repair.

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee.
How great thou art! How great thou art!”

With praise to the Lord, I am not in the valley. I’m just changing mountains!

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