Mountain Tops Come After Valleys

Psalm 6

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.

My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord—how long?

Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.

For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?

I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.

My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.

The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.

10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Think about the seasons in your life when you thought the entire world was caving in around you.  Nothing was going like you thought it should.  Maybe you went to your prayer space and asked God to make it stop.  Maybe you begged God to end the torment of that particular season.  Maybe you quietly asked God how much longer you have to live with that thing.

If you resonate with the previous paragraph, you have lived Psalm 6.  Maybe those seasons had nothing to do with God’s wrath or discipline from sin.  It could be that your bones and soul were greatly troubled and you need deliverance.  It could be that you needed to experience the steadfast love of King Jesus in your life.

If those moments are in the past, they probably shaped your dependence on God more deeply.

If you are currently living those moments, King Jesus hears the sounds of your weeping.  He hears your plea and he accepts your prayer.  He is shaping your dependence on Him.  He is pruning and preparing you for your next season of life.

I know many Christians who don’t want this type of pruning.  We don’t want to be troubled at all.  We want a happy road of life as we try to follow Jesus.  For some, to be a Christian means life will never again have struggles.  That could not be further from the truth!  Jesus was hated by other and needed the steadfast love of the Father in his life.  Jesus had to get away and pray.  Jesus needed to be refreshed spiritually.

I think many of us would like to stay in the mountain top experiences of our faith.  It’s true!  Eventually, that mountain top will fizzle and become less than a great experience.  The only way to climb the next mountain top is to walk through the valley.

Valleys can be filled with trouble and moaning and tears and grief and several other things that we try to avoid in the moment.

You cannot have a mountain top experiences without walking through the valley.  Somebody needs to hear the words of Psalm 6:8-9 today.

The Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 

The Lord has heard my plea; 

the Lord accepts my prayer.

I leave you with those words.  I pray 2018 has mountain top experiences and in your valleys will be assured that King Jesus hears your weeping, he hears your plea and he accepts your prayer.

The steadfast of our Lord never ceases.