Thick and Thin
In my distress I cried to the LORD, and He heard me. Psalms 120:1 (NKJV)
Have you ever had one of those experiences where it feels like you just came down from the mountaintop? You know, the kind where you've just gone through something great, glorious, and grand…only to find yourself in a situation that's the exact opposite? For every mountain peak there's a valley below, and if life teaches us anything, it's that we seldom experience one without the other.
Psalm 120 is a Psalm that typifies coming down from the mountaintop. If you take a look at the previous Psalm, Chapter 119, you'll see it was a summit of spiritual experience. Verse after verse, it's a song about how wonderful and sufficient God's Word is. It doesn't get much better than that! Now notice how Psalm 120 starts. No longer is the Psalmist standing on top of the world; now he's in the valley of distress, in the depths of despair.
But we can't miss the one constant. Even in the pit of anguish, the Lord is there. He's there for the Psalmist to cry out to, and He's there to hear and respond.
That's an important observation for us to make, because it reminds us that God is not just the God of the mountaintop, but of the valley below as well. He's with us through thick and thin, regardless of our environment and circumstances.
So where are you at this very moment? Are you standing on top of the world spiritually, are you in the valley of distress, or are you somewhere in between? Wherever you are, be encouraged in knowing you have a constant companion who will walk with you to the highest height and stand by your side in the lowest of lows. Through thick and thin, the Lord is always there for you.
Lord of the mountain and of the valley, thank you for always being with us. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking us and for guiding us every step of the way.
Think About It…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?