“Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells

“I’ve watched my dreams get broken. In You I hope again. No matter what, I know I’m safe inside your hands. On the mountains, I will bow my life to the One who set me there. In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there. When I’m standing on the mountaintop, I didn’t get there on my own. When I’m walking in the valley, I know I am not alone. You’re God of the hills and valleys, and I am not alone.”

When we watch sporting events we get a good glimpse of how people in the spotlight react to wins and losses based on the under-girding faith they have in their life. Do they take credit for their victory based on hard work? Or do they give glory to God acknowledging that He is the one who ordains the wins and losses for his own purpose and plan? It’s not that we don’t appreciate the hard work and focus that talented athletes put in – it’s just that we also know that hard work does not always lead to victory in the game, if that is God’s will.

Read the words to this song and note the spiritual perspective that is clear—God is God of both the hills and the valleys of our lives—the wins and the losses, whether on a field or in a home. When we are on a mountain top – whether in athletic power or in our career or relationships—God has put us there and we need to bow our life to him in gratefulness and humility. And when we are in a valley we need to lift our eyes to him and learn the lessons he has for us, knowing that we are not alone and he won’t leave us there. Our God is always with us in all of our hills and valleys in life—and that’s good news!

Psalm 121: 1-2, 7-8 “I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. the Maker of heaven and earth… The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.

Questions: Have you been on a mountaintop or in a valley recently. How have you given glory to God when you were on a mountaintop? How have you given glory to him when you have been in a valley? Have you felt that feeling of knowing God was with you in the valley; knowing that you were not alone?

Prayer Power: Dear Lord, thank you for being the God of the hills and valleys of my life. Thank you for always being there with me in the valleys. Help me to always give you glory when you set me on a mountaintop. Amen.

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