Summary: God’s Love and His power are with his children whether we are on the mountaintop or in the valley deep. He is Jehovah-Nissi!
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Pastor James May
God of the Mountain, and the Valley Too!
Sunday, July 15, 2001
1 Kings 20:27-28, "And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and went against them: and the children of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country. And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD."
One can hardly imagine what that scene must have looked like as the two armies faced off at Aphek. There was a virtual sea of Syrian soldiers, while the army of Israel was divided into two groups. The Bible tells us that they looked like two “little flocks of sheep” while the Syrians “filled the land”. The odds were impossible and just the way God wanted them. This was not a war to prove how courageous or mighty the Israelites were; it was a battle between the gods of the Syrians and Jehovah. This was a battle to prove, once again, that God was with His people.
Once again, God is speaking to us concerning the battles of life that we all must face. This battle is both physical and spiritual but ultimately, it is spiritual.
1 Kings 20:29-30, "And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day. But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left..."
There is a song that we used to sing years ago and the chorus of that song went like this:
The God on the mountain; is still God in the valley
When things go wrong; He’ll make them right
The God of the good times; is still God in the bad times
The God of the day; is still God in the night
God was on the mountaintop with Moses in all His glory and majesty as He gave us the 10 commandments, and God was down in the valley with Israel and it’s sin
God was on the mountaintop with David in Israel’s camp as fear reigned over Israel as they faced the Philistines, and down in the valley with Goliath’s threats when God guided David’s stone into the forehead of the giant.
Satan is more powerful than the people of God when approached from a human perspective, but He is no match for the King of Kings and Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord our Banner.
Song of Solomon 2:4, "He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love."
The love of God reigns supreme over all the power of the enemy of my soul. Paul says in Romans 8:38-39, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
When we are on the mountaintop, our vision is clear, we can see almost forever and all of life falls into perspective for we are above the battle. Oh how I love those mountaintop experiences.
When the Spirit of God in our midst moves upon us so wonderfully. People are gloriously saved, filled with the Holy Ghost, slain in the Spirit, miraculously healed and delivered from all manner of oppression and depression. Those are mountaintop experiences!
After a time of prayer where you know that you have touched Heaven and that you have been in a one on one communication with God and your feet seem to float above the ground, there is a spring in your step and all’s well with your heart and life – that’s the mountaintop.