Have You Been to the Mountain?

July 23, 2019

Good Morning Fellow Travelers,

Read: Exodus 33:12 – 34:8

His foundation is in the holy mountains. The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Psalm 87:1-2

God loves to meet with His people.  He loves their worship and praise.  He longs to hear their prayers and observe their growth into holiness.  He wants our worship.

In our text today, we see Moses pleading for the presence of God to go with him as he leads Israel to Canaan.  He asks for something special after God consents to go with them.  Moses asks to see God’s glory.  God invites him up to the mountain and He shows him His goodness.  Moses’ response was to fall on his face in worship.  On Mount Sinai, Moses saw the holiness of God.  Have we viewed the holiness of God from our own mountain?  Have we seen the Lord’s holiness from our own Sinai?

In Matthew 17, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John into a high mountain and there He was transfigured before them.  There they heard the voice of God commending Christ to them.  There they learned that Christ was to be heard.  It seems as though God wanted to establish Christ’s eternal authority and glory to the disciples.  Have you been to the mountain of transfiguration?  Have you there bowed before the authority of Christ?

In our lead verse, we find that the Lord loves the gates of Zion.  In Psalm 48, we find the beauty of Mount Zion depicted and we recognize the refuge that God is to His people.  Have you found refuge in the church of God; the city of God called Mount Zion?  Have you been to Mount Zion?  There in that mountain have you entered into worship with the true saints of God, and found the loving kindness of God and His righteousness?  The last verse of Psalm 48 surely sums up what we find in the mountains. “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”

~~James Baer

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