The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
Psalm 50:1-2, 23
About This Image:
This image is not one of a spectacular view from a mountain top but the level valley in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the cove, the mountains surround you as you walk or drive through on mostly level ground. The beginning of Psalm 50 speaks of the might and beauty of God and in later verses the judgement of God. We have those mountain top religious experiences where we stand in awe of God and never want to leave the place of worship. But the mountain top is never the end of the journey. We must come down the mountain; for every time God calls us to the mountain it is because he has something to say to us. We walk in the valleys like this image of the level ground and we see the surrounding mountains. It is in the valleys that we learn to be accountable to God, to order our way rightly, and to offer the true worship that God requires: "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8)
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