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The Mountains and the Hills, the Cities and the Farmlands
(July 17, 2000)

      By Fern Horst

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. -- They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever." (Psalms 121:1-2; Psalms 125:1-2)

In just a few weeks my parents and I will be moving our households to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The house we are moving into sits on a hill with a gorgeous panoramic view of hills and mountains in every direction. We were just there this weekend, doing some measuring and planning. As I read these verses from Psalms, I realized what a constant reminder we will have day after day of our Help, our Foundation, and our Security. The hills will remind of the help I have in the Lord, the foundation I have as I trust in HIm, and His surrounding presence — just as the mountains will surround our little hillside.

The hills also bring to mind another Psalm I read recently: "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills." (Psa. 50:10). Not only is the Lord our Helper, Foundation, and Security — He is also our Provider; and the hills and mountains will be a constant reminder to us.

I've not always lived in hilly, mountainous country. I grew up in the city, and have lived there for the past almost five years again. For twelve years between city living I lived in the flatlands of Ohio, among the farms and the fields.

Other Psalms speak to our reminder of the Lord in these places as well: "Except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." (Psa. 127:1) "And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psa. 107:7-8) "Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth." (Psa. 96:12-13)

No matter where we live, we cannot escape the Lord's presence, nor can we escape reminders of Him in our surroundings:

"Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee." (Psa. 139:7-12)

No matter how alone we may feel, how forsaken or betrayed by other people — wherever we are we can be reminded that the Lover and Lord of our souls is with us as our Help, our Foundation, and our Security.

"How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee." (Psa. 139:17-18)

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