Such a well-known scene! Julie Andrews sings, “The Hills Are Alive,” in the movie, The Sound of Music, filmed in the Alps surrounding Salzburg, Austria. We had the privilege of seeing many of the movie locations around the city of Salzburg, but nothing compared to the majestic peaks of those Alps! It seems incongruous to call them “hills” in the song. But according to the lyrics, they are alive “with the sound of music, with songs they have sung for a thousand years.”
There is reason for the heavens to shout, for the earth to rejoice and for the mountains to burst into song. Today’s verse gives the reason; the comfort and the compassion the Lord gives to His hurting people. He is not unmoved by our pain. He does not ignore our cries. He hears us in the night when we smother our tears. He sees when the heart is hurting and we want to give up. He offers His comfort and compassion and it is unlike any other.
He is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort (II Cor. 1:3). He uses His Word to reassure my heart. He uses the care and concern of friends and family. He uses the lyrics of a long-forgotten song in the most unlikely moment to bring me a measure of peace. His compassion never fails me. His comfort and compassion are renewed every morning when I wake up to a new day (Lamentations 3:22-23).
What a wonderful reason for those mountains to burst into song! May today be a day when I can shout, rejoice and sing because He cares for me!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)