by Various Authors | Fall 2011
In life’s especially difficult moments our eyes turn toward heaven in search of supernatural help. The Psalmist prays: “I lift my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
(Ps 121, 1-2) This prayer briefly expresses all the religious aspects tied to the mountains, starting from the simplest human experience which puts God on high, in the mountain, in heaven.
The mountains are a step toward heaven, thus a step toward God. Mountains, in this context, are seen as the element that unites the earth to heaven where the divine resides. So, the Bible takes up and codifies human experience and transforms it into prayer through the use of a literary genre that people experimented with even before biblical revelation.
The divine presence is thought of as “on high” with respect to the plane of human experience: God is in heaven because heaven is infinite and cannot be measured. The infinite is one measure of the divine, expressed in a simple but effective way by the word of the believer.
In fact, Christians pray as Christ taught: “Our Father in heaven” (Mt 6, 9).
(This text is the Introduction to the Dossier of The Holy Land Review, paper edition.)