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GRCS Devotional: May 7, 2020

God in Your Now.

Grand Rapids Christian Middle School teacher, Stephanie Tanis, provides an anthem that has been playing in her own heart.  

Ms.Tanis reminds us of the constant and faithful presence of God in both the high and low moments in life. He is always there trying to catch our attention. Through the song, "Highlands (A Song of Ascent)," by Hillsong UNITED. 

Ms. Tanis reads lyrics, discusses the active presence of God in our highlands and in our times of heartache, and poses the question, are you noticing God in your now?


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

O 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

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

So I will praise You on the mountain
And I will praise You when the mountain’s 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 
You’re the heaven where my heart is
In the highlands and the heartache all the same

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

O 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

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 valleys
Come the pastures we call grace
A mighty river flowing upwards
From a deep but empty grave

Words and Music by 
Joel Houston & Benjamin Hastings
© 2018 Hillsong Music Publishing