Highlands (Song of Ascent) by Hillsong United #Worship #GoodFriday

Reflecting on the upcoming Easter season, I was listening to this song recently and I thought it was timely for 2021 and the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The salvation we have in His sacrifice and the new hope of new life even when things look dire and even when we are afraid of what comes next. Something that really helps me in hard times when there is much uncertainty is to step back for a moment and to press into praise and worship. I find I need to get out of my own head and my own mix of emotions and come back to what I know is true. I return to Jesus. I return to His personal invitation in my own life to follow Him on the journey that He has planned out just for me.

Take a moment today. Step back and invite Jesus in. Into your day, into your decisions, into the hard parts, and be still. Listen to His loving, comforting voice as He tells you what He thinks about you, and all that He has planned just for you.

“Highlands (Song of Ascent)” by Hillsong United Lyrics:

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

And, oh, 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

‘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:
I will praise on the mountain
And I will praise you when the mountain is 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
Oh

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

And oh, 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

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

From the gravest of all valley
Come the pasture we call grace
A mighty river flowing upward
From a deep but empty grave

Songwriters: Benjamin William Hastings / Joel Timothy Houston

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