Mount Bashan, majestic mountain,
Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
at the mountain where God chooses to reign,
where the LORD himself will dwell forever?
The Mountains of Bashan, known today as Jebel al-Druze, or Mountain of the Druze, is a chain of volcanic mountains located in southern Syria, northwest of Israel. In this region of Bashan, a long time ago, the giant king Og of the Amorites was defeated by Moses in the battle of Edrei during the conquest of the Promised Land. The volcanic origin of this chain of mountains is what makes it rugged and majestic, apart from the snow that falls in wintertime. What does this rugged mountain chain has to do with the hill of modest elevation where the city of Jerusalem is built? By the way the Psalmist asks the question is obvious that the question is rhetorical. Despite the heights represented by this chain of mountains ─high relative to the plains that prevail in the region, the city of Jerusalem is located even higher just because of the privilege of having God’s temple in her midst, the place chosen by God to receive the offerings and sacrifices of His people. From the allegorical standpoint, the mountains represent the military power of the empires that held the people of Israel under their control for long periods of time in the past.
No military power, not even the sum of all of them can cope successfully with the prodigious army of God. Many times our faith in God diminishes dangerously because our ignorance of the magnitude and immensity of God’s power. Many times we let ourselves be impressed by the apparent power of our enemy and we forget that only our God is the Almighty. He who has the power to create the universe, cannot He do what He pleases, as impossible as it may seem? Never lose sight of the enormous and immeasurable ability of God to get us out of any situation or predicament we find ourselves in. Let us claim to Him and He will do. Do not be impressed by the apparent power of the enemy. Nothing can stand in front of the power of God. To God alone be the glory!