Monday, July 13, 2015

Ordinary Mountain Tops

1 Chronicles 16:8-11
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually."

Have you ever been to a christian camp (Hume Lake, for instance) and had one of those mountain top experiences? Emotions are high, you're pumped for the Lord, perhaps even overwhelmed by His awesome presence. A lot of people don't know that this is possible - sometimes even commonplace - without going to some sort of camp or missions trip. The "ordinary mountain top" can catch you by surprise, but its frequency is usually in direct correlation to an intentional everyday focus on God. 

Have you ever been driving in your car and a great song comes on the radio, and you just start praising and singing to God? Have you found yourself overwhelmed by His love while meditating on His grace (or another of His attributes)? Have you been working along and found that you have just enough soap left to finish your dishes, and you feel tears well up that He saw fit to provide for such a Small Desire? This is the "ordinary mountain top." It's all part of our everyday relationship with our Savior. 

He is incredibly personal with us, providing for our needs and cares, and the more we focus and meditate on Him and our relationship with Him, the more often we feel close to Him on that ordinary mountain top. Talk to Him all the time - "...pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17) The more you seek Him, the more you will recognize His influence - and the more thankful you will be. 

I thank the Lord for the ordinary mountain top I had with Him in my car the other day. Being able not only to know that God is close, but to really feel it, is a true blessing. His grace not only allows this, it often precipitates it. Thank You, Lord, for Your grace of the ordinary mountain top. 

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