Isaiah 40:9 “Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily…”
Zion is called up the mountain and told to lift up their voice in power. Not being known as a messenger first, that is only the outcome of being the beloved Zion. Climbing a mountain is toil and difficulty. The news has already been given them (Is. 40:6-8), but the ascension up the mountain is necessary for their cry to be heard. However, their pursuit is not in their cry being heard, that is only the result. A call is sent out in Psalm 24:3, “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?” and in Psalm 24:6, this call is answered by the generation of those that seek His face. Those that have clean hands and a pure heart. The “Captain of our salvation” was perfected in His suffering, and this is the glory of the cross (climbing the mountain), perfecting us in suffering… voluntary suffering, creating in us clean hearts and right spirits. The ascension up the mountain of God is in seeking His face, and in this single hearted pursuit you are made pure. And as a result you are given a voice to proclaim the good news given you. The climb is guaranteed to be hard and difficult, but if God is all you want, then it is also guaranteed to be glorious.
“Climbing this mountain is a lonely journey, I’ll never see the peak but still I reach. Your face is what I seek, and with all of my being, I believe You’re all I need. Desperation is my heartbeat. No one understands me cus they don’t see, all my hope is in You will never leave. I believe, I believe You’re all I need. Though none go with me, I fix my eyes on eternity.”
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