The Mountain Where God Chooses to Reign

15 Mount Bashan, majestic mountain,
    Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
    at the mountain where God chooses to reign,
    where the Lord himself will dwell forever?

— King David, Psalm 68

Snowy Mount Hermon as seen from Mt. Bental.

Mount Bashan, or more commonly known as Mount Hermon, is a mountain cluster constituting the southern end of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. Its summit straddles the border between Syria and Lebanon and, at 2,814 m (9,232 ft) above sea level, is the highest point in Syria.[1] Despite being majestic and rugged, it stares with envy at the much smaller but more favored Mount Zion, where God chooses to reign.

View of Mount Zion from the Mount Zion Hotel IMG 1578
View of Mount Zion from the Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

God does not look at outward appearances.

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.  — 1 Samuel 16:7

Rather, he probes a man’s heart.

“I the Lord search the heart
   and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
   according to what their deeds deserve.” — Jeremiah 17:10

He has probed mine, and He saw nothing but deceit

The heart is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it? — Jeremiah 17:9

and all sorts of evil and sin.

For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. — Mark 7:21-22

I may look harmless on the outside, but my heart is filled with sin, and turned away from the Lord. I may be able to hide all my evil thoughts from most people, but I cannot hide them from the piercing glance of a holy God.

Because of this, I am cursed,

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
    who draws strength from mere flesh
    and whose heart turns away from the Lord. — Jeremiah 17:5

and sentenced to death.

For the wages of sin is death — Romans 6:23

And I am utterly unable to help myself. I have nothing left but a broken spirit and a contrite heart. I cry out

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
   save me and I will be saved,
   for you are the one I praise. — Jeremiah 17:14


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead — 1 Peter 1:3

Jesus died for my sins. But he did not stay dead. He rose from dead and proved to all mankind that He has power to conquer death, forgive all sins, and grant eternal life to all who believe.

He has given me a new heart and put a new spirit within me. I am a new creation. I am truly saved from sin.




[1] “CIA World Fact Book: Syria”. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 30 May, 2017. highest point: Mount Hermon 2,814 m

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