I’ve always been slightly envious of those who get to live near or among the mountains. I’ve always enjoyed seeing, visiting, and traveling through the mountains, especially the Rocky Mountains out west. Reading Psalm 104 this morning gave me a fresh perspective on God’s continued grace, even in His creation of the mountains and valleys. The Psalmist writes that God created the mountains (and the resulting valleys) to help us see His faithfulness to His covenant to never destroy the world again with water. Also, the Psalmist says that both the mountains and the valleys are reminders to us of God’s goodness in protecting us and providing for us.
Many times the valleys kind of get lost in the majesty of the mountains–but God sees great importance in the valleys. The Psalmist declares that God uses the valleys to give life to His creation as they serve Him as channels of life-sustaining water. Perhaps this helps modify our perspective when we enter into what we perceive to be a “valley experience” in our spiritual walk. In Psalm 104, God doesn’t view valleys as negative things, even though we tend to see valleys (when compared to mountains) as negative or perhaps not nearly as “majestic.” To the Psalmist in Psalm 104, both the mountains and the valleys are intended to cause us to look to our Creator, to worship Him, to trust Him, to obey Him, and to ultimately glorify Him for His faithfulness to His promises. Perhaps going forward, when we enter into what we refer to as a “mountain-top experience” or a “valley experience,” we will see both opportunities as gracious gift from God to help us worship Him better than we ever have before.
“He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled; at the sound of Your thunder they took to flight. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.”