God On The Mountain

Music HighwayIn previous posts, I have stated how God is the mover of mountains. This word, mountain, has more than one meaning in the Bible. One of them, I believe, refers to the trials and tribulations of life that come upon us which some Chrisitians ascribe as our dark valleys.

For the most part, God allows these trials to be placed on our journey in order for us go grow in faith and knowledge of His goodness (yes, goodness!), mercy and grace.

The Israelites were not supposed to scale any physical mountains after leaving Egypt. While in the wilderness, however, they were to learn dependency on God, relying on Him for their daily sustenance. God provided them with enough food and drink for every day of their forty years of travel.

We Christians, likewise, are feeding daily of His Word given to us. And we are to have faith to overcome the world, little by little, until Jesus Christ returns. As we endure hardship and trials, God wants us to learn and never forget that He is the God of the mountain as He is of the valley. Day and night He is our Helper and Provider. To Israel He was God, the pillar of cloud by day and God, the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21-22).

But, in the Bible, I also see God being   on   the mountain – not apart from it. Here is yet another symbol of mountain in Scripture.

The YouTube song below, The God On the Mountain, expresses a different meaning to the word mountain. The opening words of the song say that “life is easy when you’re up on a mountain. And you’ve got peace of mind like you’ve never known.” Really? Hmm. Okay. Then, could this be a song about our Savior, Jesus Christ? Yes? No?

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Noah’ s Ark, which pictures Christ and salvation, after forty days of rain and storm, finally rested on a mountain, Mount Ararat. A lot of imagery is here about a soon coming peace and rest on the world because Jesus Christ will be the King of kings on the Mountain of mountains, the Kingdom of God.

Again, let me repeat that the Israelites did not climb over mountains in order to get to the Promised Land. And neither should the Christian church be climbing mountains to get into the kingdom. So what is this song singing about? Well, didn’t Jesus Christ go up onto a mountain in order to get a restful break from the multitudes? Did He not pray alone on mountains? Yes, He did (Luke 6:12, Matthew 14:23). So here we now see God, Jesus, on a mountain.

Abraham, along with his son, Isaac, climbed a mountain and offered a sacrifice (Genesis 22:9-14). Right? Yes, that is right. God was on that mountain. (Many scholars believe this was the very spot called Mount Calvary where Christ died).

Moses was alerted by God to stop where he stood, Mount Horeb, and take off His shoes because where he (Moses) stood was holy ground. He was communing with God at that moment (Exodus 3:1-5).

This same Moses spent forty days on Mount Sinai. What did Moses do all that time? I am sure we can say that He was praying, meditating and being told by God everything pertaining to the law He was about to give to Israel. Moses was with God all that time. Moses was not struggling with personal problems while on that mountain.

Jesus Christ

Jesus sometimes went to mountains to pray and get a break away from the multitudes.

Jesus Christ once taught the people from the side of a mountain. This event is known as The Sermon on the Mount. Jesus Christ was the God on a mountain at that moment. [Yes, okay, He also taught the multitude from a boat (Mark 4:1, Luke 5:1-3), but that’s besides the point! Alright already].

We can be on a mountain when we want to be close to God – voluntarily and alone. Abraham, Moses and Christ became very near and dear to God by being with Him on mountains.

The Transfiguration occurred on a mountain where Moses and Elijah were seen by three disciples (Matthew 17:1-9). They all heard God’s voice. They wanted to build an altar and worship right there. Surely God was on that mountain.

I guess you can say that Jesus verifies this song that He is the God on the mountain (of peace, tranquility and rest) as He is with us in the valley (of strife, war and weariness). This song, therefore, is about our all-knowing and everywhere-present God who always loves us.

 

QimageGod On The Mountain (1973)
lyrics – Tracy Dartt
music – Tracy Dartt
sung by – Lynda Randle
genre – Gospel
album – God On The Mountain

Life is easy, when you’re up on the mountain
And you’ve got peace of mind, like you’ve never known.
But things change, when you’re down in the valley.
Don’t lose faith, for you’re never alone.

For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley.
When things go wrong, He’ll make them right.
And the God of the good times
Is still God in the bad times.
The God of the day is still God in the night.

We talk of faith way up on the mountain.
Talk comes so easy when life’s at its best.
Now down in the valleys, of 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.
And the God of the good times
Is still God in the bad times.
The God of the day, is still God in the night.
The God of the day, is still God in the night.

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