“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2).”
If there is one thing there is plenty of in my new location of southwest Virginia, it is mountains. They are ever present in all directions.
Once I made a wrong turn down the interstate in the autumn and went several miles out of my way. I didn’t mind because it gave me the chance to view the colorful foliage on the mountains and hills.
Recently I took a winter drive with my family in another direction. This time the mountains were glazed in frost and snow. They were just as beautiful in their own way as the fall colors.
A well-known Bible commentary* notes in reflecting on Psalm 72 that mountains and hills are not normally known for their produce. They might be nice to look at, but they won’t provide. Yet, the Psalmist says these particular mountains will “bring prosperity to the people (v.3)”. The commentator suggests that as there is an abundance of mountains, there will be an abundance of provision.
David wrote this Psalm to his son Solomon to describe the kind of kingdom he should have. Yet, the Psalm is also a description of the kingdom of Jesus. He cares for the poor and needy (vs. 4, 12,-13).
Just like the mountains in my area, our financial condition has its seasons. Sometimes things look sunny and rosy. At other times a blizzard covers our resources. Yet in their own way these seasons have their own beauty. In the cold times we are more driven to go to God in prayer for our needs. We also have more compassion for others who are even worse off than we are, so we can intercede for them as well.
As a righteous king who cares for the condition of his people, He won’t reject our prayers. Appearances are deceiving. He is the source of abundance in both bright and bleak times.