I hope you know this song:
“The God of the mountain, is still God in the valley,
When things go wrong, He will make them right,
The God of the good times, is still God in the bad times,
The God of the then, is still God in the now.”
There are two principal messages in this song. One is obvious, and the other, though more crucial, is less obvious.
The more obvious message is that God, who was with you ‘in the mountain,’ where His presence and power can be strongly felt, is still God in the valley, where it sometimes feels like you’re on your own. The Bible makes references to God dwelling in the mountains, and to the need for men to go there to seek His face and help.
But He is God everywhere! Even in the valleys, which refer to vast open places that aren’t as secure as the mountains. Valleys represent those times and places where we find ourselves beset by troubles, and it feels like God is far from us. When you find yourself in such a place, remember: HE IS GOD EVERYWHERE! Right there where you are, HE IS watching over you, and is taking care of issues on your behalf, though it may not look or feel like that way!
Psalm 46:1 says it all: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (NIV) He is God in the good and the bad times! If He did it then, He can do it now!
The other message is rooted in the words “is still God”!
Never forget this supreme fact! No matter what, where, when, GOD IS GOD! Believe it! Stand on it! Hence the message:
PRAISE HIM BECAUSE HE IS GOD! Whether things are going great or not, whether you can feel His blissful and comforting presence or not, PRAISE HIM BECAUSE HE IS GOD! In fact, the reason you don’t feel like praising God is the very reason you should! When trouble assails you and doubt and despair weigh you down, be careful! Those are times when you should muster all the faith that you can find within you, and burst out in praise of His holy name! Because come what may, rain or shine, HE IS GOD! A mature believer is one who has learned to praise God when he doesn’t seem to have any good reason to. He doesn’t only praise God when things are going great for him. Rather he praises God because He is God, and is ALWAYS deserving of our praises!
Maybe God is simply allowing the issues to buffet you to teach you to love and praise Him no matter what. Maybe it’s just the devil attacking your faith in the hope to break you and cause you to abandon your God. I pray that you will always prove to your father in heaven that you are His child, and that come what may, He can count on your absolute faith in Him, and on your heartfelt and joyful worship and praise of His mighty name!