Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult,
O earth; break forth,
O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his suffering ones. Isaiah 49:13
Throughout the Bible creations is called on to sing and exult. In these calls there is not a sense of this as a human enterprise. This is the entire created order heaven and earth singing. Sometimes a particular element is called on to sing. In this case the mountains are the area closest to the holy. This is the place where real encounters with God were likely to occur. This is the place where humans thought that God dwells. So the area most sacred between heaven and earth is to sing.
Have you ever taken time to hear the mountains sing? Are you still enough to be aware of the life and breath coming from the mountain. O ne of the meditations that Thich Nhat Hahn teaches is mountain solid. On your in breath you breathe in the word mountain, you are the mountain. On your out breath you breathe you are solid. This meditation is very comforting, compassionate meditation. When you are feeling vulnerable or lost, to become steady, solid, enduring, as a mountain brings a calm stillness allowing you to in be compassion in the midst of turmoil. This grounds you vastness so that you can bring this solidness to others.
God, grant us the time and space to hear the mountain singing. Allow us to become like the solid mountains bringing comfort and compassion to those we encounter. Amen.