Mountain living - where "the things of earth grow strangely dim."

There is something amazing about living in the presence of God.  Keeping an on-going conversation with the Creator of the universe!  Oh "what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer," as the old hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" says.   The Bible speaks of God's people as His chosen dwelling place.  In a sense we are representative of a living "Zion" where He wants to be welcomed - and inhabit the praises of His people.  

Some may ask, "Just what does that look like?"  Psalm 48 gives us some clues, perhaps.  When we are having on-going fellowship with Him, our enemies cannot triumph!  The voices of wickedness and temptation cease when our focus is fixed on Him.  One verse tells us that in His presence we find the fullness of joy!  There is a confidence and strength when we recognize the great love He has for us.  It becomes a fortress in the storms of life.  We begin to see how NOTHING can separate us from His love!  What a great encouragement as we walk through a world filled with unsettlement and heartache!  It is so comforting to know that abiding in Him means we have a strong umbilical cord of constant nourishment, love and protection from the accuser and all his whisperings.  

It is a challenge in these days of distractions, but a good one to make a habit of spending our time in the gates of His city where we are secure always.  

"Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, His holy mountain.  Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.  God is in her citadels; He has shown Himself to be her fortress."  

Psalm 48:1-3

I might add the words to another old, but dynamic song, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."


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"Every song that I write comes from my own personal experience.  i believe the role of an artist is to interpret reality through a system of beliefs and a long-term seeking of truth, in your own life and in the world at large."  Dan Folgelberg

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