There are 214 references in the King James Bible to mountain and mountains; 142 references to hill and hills; 168 references to valley and valleys; 48 references to desert and deserts and 377 references to death and deaths. It is then appropriate for me to say the following:
Blessed be my God who can be found in the awesomeness of the mountains; in the center of those seasons where we find ourselves on top of the world. When the bills are paid, the mortgage is not due, money in the bank, family is doing fine, cars running smooth and favor in our jobs. Blessings, blessings and more blessings are pouring down from the north, from the south, from the east and from the west. We all like the mountains where we can be seen in the splendor of our prosperity.
Blessed is my God who I can find in the secure land of the hills. The loveliness of the mountain’s little sisters is a cause of envy among the terrain. Blessed is my God who I can find in the beauty of the valleys. A place where the waters flow freely through the rivers that carry refreshing waters and a place where the view of the mountains that constantly remind us that we are not that far from the highest places.
But can you trust Him in the desert? Is He able there? The desert is without glamour; without much natural provision; with no reason for boasting in our own abilities. Can God provide your water? Can He give you a morning Manna and meat every night for survival? Can He keep your cloths new and your shoes protecting each step in your tiredly journey? The place of humility, the place of paying attention to what the Master has to say; a place of not many distractions, worldly entertainments and a place where without God you will surely die in the sands of the rebellious. Can you trust Him in the desert? Is He able there? Can we push it a little further now? Can you trust Him when the smell of the death of your hopes is wrapped around the grave as a clothing of your failures? Can death stop the hand of the All Mighty God? Is it ever too late for Him?
I have a news bulletin to give you today: “My God is the God of the Mountains. My God is the God of the Hills and the God of the Valleys. My God can be found in the desert to provide you with everything that you need and more and never count Him out to bring you out of death itself. God can resurrect you with the power of His love and bring you back for the sake of His mercy. He can give you the ability to stand like a mighty army in the mix of the impossibility and natural immobility of your death, for the sake of His grace. Blessed be my God!