Early Morning Worship

I think it may take awhile to get the mountains out of my system. Our trip to Colorado a few weeks ago, after an absence of many years, reminded me how much I love being in the mountains. The forests, the rushing streams and waterfalls, and especially the mighty mountains themselves feed my soul and refresh my spirit in a way that stays with me for a long time.

The view above is what I saw first thing each morning from the bedroom window of our rented condo — and of course, this is just a portion of the view. It was enough to make a gal want to wake up early each day, even on vacation.

In fact, I cherished those early morning moments in the mountains before everyone else was up and the activities of the day began. One morning, I fixed my eyes on the mountain above, so strong and beautiful, while I ever so quietly sang “Shout to the Lord” (songwriter Darlene Zschech). In that moment, it struck me how much God is like the mountain I saw — “my comfort, my shelter, tower of refuge and strength.” And yes, I worshiped Him. I shouted to Him — well, quietly in my spirit so as not to wake anyone up :)

What’s more, the song goes on to say “mountains bow down, and the seas will roar at the sound of Your name”. As I stood looking at these amazing, awe-inspiring, and powerful mountains, the words of the song took on new significance for me.

As great and mighty as these mountains are, our God is greater. So much more than I can comprehend. More worthy of praise and honor and glory. Ever worthy of my early-morning worship — whether in the mountains or here at home.

I still think of this scene from time to time in my early morning worship of God. Truth be told, I don’t want to get the mountains out of my system. I want to revisit them occasionally for a fresh feeding and refreshing. In between times, though, God’s wonders abound right here in Kansas. They help keep my eyes fixed on Him. They help keep me worshiping Him.

What about you? Do you have a place where you particularly enjoy early morning moments of worship? What things feed your soul and refresh your spirit? Go ahead — revisit them!

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:2

p.s. Can you tell from the picture that some of the trees look dead? This is being caused in that area by trouble with the pine beetle. So sad!


  1. You’re speaking my language friend! After our recent trip to the mountains (we go every summer), I am committed to living there one day, if only for a season. It’s simply easier for me to find God there. So much peace…


  2. What a beautiful picture of worship. Thanks, Cheryl. Your words took me to the throne of God.

  3. We went the mountains for our vacation this year. I couldn’t believe all of the dead trees.

  4. What a view! Shout to the Lord, indeed! I love the scenery out west. It’s so majestic and glorious. I agree with you that God seems so much nearer among such beauty.

    Glad you had a great trip.

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