Welcome to our first Worship Wednesday Devotion. I’m excited to get to share some great worship and my heart with you.

This week’s song has been on my heart for a while. Perhaps it was preparing me for these uncertain times. It’s a poignant reminder that in all circumstances, God remains the same. And on mountains and in valleys, we should lift our hearts to and place our trust in Him.

The song “Highlands (Song of Ascent)” was written by Ben Hastings and Joel Houston of Hillsong United and takes inspiration from the Psalms.

Psalm 121:1-2

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 23:4

4 Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

I hope this song will encourage you and help you know that God’s hand is over this situation and all people affected by it.
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Highlands (Song of Ascent)

Verse 1

O how high would I climb mountains
If the mountains were where You hide
O how far I’d scale the valleys
If You graced the other side

Verse 2

O how long have I chased rivers
From lowly seas to where they rise
Against the rush of grace descending
From the source of its supply

Pre-Chorus

‘Cause in the highlands and the heartache
You’re neither more or less inclined
I would search and stop at nothing
You’re just not that hard to find

Chorus

Oh (So) I will praise You on the mountain
(And) I will praise You
When the mountain’s in my way
You’re the summit where my feet are
So I will praise You in the valleys all the same
No less God within the shadows
No less faithful when the night leads me astray
(‘Cause) You’re the heaven where my heart is
In the highlands and the heartache all the same

Verse 3

O how far beneath Your glory
Does Your kindness extend the path
From where Your feet rest on the sunrise
To where You sweep the sinner’s past

Verse 4

And O how fast would You come running
If just to shadow me through the night
Trace my steps through all my failure
And walk me out the other side

Pre-Chorus

For who could dare ascend that mountain
That valleyed hill called Calvary
But for the One I call Good Shepherd
Who like a lamb was slain for me

Bridge

Whatever I walk through
Wherever I am
Your Name can move mountains
Wherever I stand
And if ever I walk through
The valley of death
I’ll sing through the shadows
My song of ascent

Pre-Chorus

From the gravest of all valleys
Come the pastures we call grace
A mighty river flowing upwards
From a deep but empty grave