“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people, from this time forth and forevermore.”
Glacier National Park resides in the wide-open state of Montana. There are around 175 mountains within the confines of this area sanctioned as a national park. The Continental Divide finds part of its journey sharing some of these same mountains. The coolest thing about mountains is just how incredibly enormous they seem to be. The highest mountain in this park soars over 10,000 feet in height. Your attention is grabbed by their very existence, and their presence demands your eye to take a peek.
How often do we find ourselves surrounded by thoughts or actions that seem to demand our attention? In the midst of these unprecedented times we find ourselves easily consumed by anxiety, depression, loneliness, pain, suffer, and hatred. It seems that we are more alone than ever leading us to start to believe some of these lies about ourselves. The beautiful concept behind this is our thoughts are not mountains. The LORD that surrounds us in times of need is.
Cities like Jerusalem founded their cities within these mountains for various reasons. One of which is for the defense that the mountains bring. It is nearly impossible to have a surprise attack sneak up on your city when you are surrounded by mountains. The chance of an army surviving the mountain climb were slim let alone surviving and being in shape enough to battle.
In the same way, Psalm 125 states, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surround His people”. The LORD is our refuge and our strength. God has never hidden God’s self from us, the Bible states, “He draws near to those who draw near to Him”. This passage is the promise that just as these mountain ranges protect the people while demanding relevance so does our God. We can find comfort and peace knowing that the hardships that we face pale in comparison to the God that surrounds and protects God’s people.
This advent season is a time to remember that same LORD that is higher and greater than these incredible mountains is the same God that came to earth in the form of a child. The Son of God since the beginning of time has given up the throne is ordered to die a criminal’s death in order to save the very ones who crucified him.
The hands that He created are the very hands that would tie Him to the cross.
The mouths that He created are the very mouths that mocked Him.
The God who created all is the same God that was born a child.
The God who created all is the same God who paid our ransom with His life.