“The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see His glory” (Psalm 97:5-6).
One of the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest is being surrounded by the beauty of mountain ranges. I appreciate these wonders of God’s creation. They honor Him with their mere existence. They give me inspiration to draw closer to Him.
I like the way Eugene Peterson paraphrases these Psalm 97 Scripture verses.
“The mountains take one look at God
And melt, melt like wax before earth’s Lord.
The heavens announce that he’ll set everything right,
And everyone will see it happen—glorious!” (Psalm 97:5-6 The Message).
When challenges in my life loom large, rising with too much prominence, yet weighing me down, I’d like them to “melt like wax.” I cannot deny that they exist, but are they as insurmountable as a mountain appears to be?
If “the mountains take one look at God and melt” then perhaps I need to check out my perspective of mountains. And while I am at it, that word “melt” may need some new looks as well!
Mountains are beautiful. When viewed from afar, they are downright awesome. When I get close to them, a different but equal kind of admiration awakens within me.
So it is with the relationship I have with the Creator of mountains. He is omnipotent and I have a respectful awe of His majesty. He oversees every aspect of my life and every aspect of me.
Conversely, He desires that I come up close to Him, share hearts with Him, melt in to His tender loving care. It is akin to walking on a path in an area of the mountains and coming upon a delicate array of flowers that I would not see when far from the mountain where only its majesty is in my view.
God is mighty and approachable. He wants to be with me when challenges overwhelm me and all I can feel or think about is the destruction they potentially bring to my faith, feelings, hopes, and parts of my body. He is more overwhelming than they are if I get close to Him.
He will help me to maneuver their paths and bring either understanding or acceptance of what is not yet understandable to me. I pray that He overwhelms them and diminishes their power from my view. I want them to break and melt leaving me at peace with Him and not with the avalanches of distractions that are often close upon me.
Prayer: Lord, You are welcome to overwhelm me with Your majesty when challenges vie for my attention. You uplift. They seek to destroy and distance me from You. May I always seek the comforting protection that only You can give to me. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 31 years of living with daily physical challenges. Visit Lynn’s blog and sign up to receive new postings in your email box! http://lynn-severance.blogspot.com
What current challenges are you facing that seem as large as a mountain, seemingly insurmountable? When you talk openly to God about them, do you find comfort in the honesty you bring to Him? What Scripture verses help you the most when you are feeling overwhelmed by obstacles? when you are feeling overwhelmed by Him?
Whether we are broken in body or emotions–perhaps both–the one Healer we need to seek is ever close in majesty and faithfulness. Here, in song, Gwen Smith adds perspective to this devotional’s’ message.