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New Music: Hillsong United – Highlands (Song of Ascent)

New Music: Hillsong United – Highlands (Song of Ascent)
New Music: Hillsong United – Highlands (Song of Ascent)

I’m blessed to be able to call Hillsong my home church, right here in New York City. One of the major perks of attending a Hillsong service is, obviously, the worship. On Sunday, the worship team began playing a song that was unfamiliar to me, and it was clear that most of the congregation were unfamiliar with it, too. But by the time we got to the second chorus, we started singing along, and the anthemic lyrics of the song turned into a powerful chant throughout the room. That song was Highlands (Song of Ascent) off Hillsong United’s brand new live album People. I was immediately taken with the Psalm-like poetry of the lyrics.

In life, we go through many ups and downs — mountains and valleys, highs and lows, etc. Sometimes these ascents feel like short-lived victories, but sudden descents can feel turn to them failures and mistakes. We are beings of physical, emotional, and spiritual battles, but throughout them all, God remains the same; the good God He has always been.

This song serves as an important reminder that God isn’t going to change just because of our circumstances or because of our season, He is a God who deserves our praise whether we are in the valley low or mountain high. The line ” So I will praise you on the mountain, and I will praise You when the mountain’s in my way” really struck a chord with me. It’s so easy to worship God when he brings you to that victorious place, but what about when we are in a season of hurt or struggle? He still deserves the same praise.

I also love the depiction of God being worth our pursuit; no matter how difficult it could be to find Him, but the writer’s take us to a very important place here by saying “You’re just not that hard to find.” God makes Himself so present in our lives. We don’t have to climb a mountain to find Him, He is always with us wherever we are; full of mercy and love.

Listen and read the words below; it will impact your life!

[Verse 1]
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

[Verse 2]
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

[Pre-Chorus 1]
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

[Chorus]
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

[Verse 3]
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

[Verse 4]
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

[Pre-Chorus 2]
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

[Chorus]
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

[Bridge]
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

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
My song of ascent
My song of ascent

[Pre-Chorus 3]
From the gravest of all valleys
Come the pastures we call grace
A mighty river flowing upwards
From a deep but empty grave

[Chorus]
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

Words and Music by Joel Houston & Benjamin Hastings © 2018 Hillsong Music Publishing CCLI: 7122399

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