From high on a hill, you can see a long way. From up here, you can see over the trees, over the river below, and across the hills of another state. From the hilltop, you can see much more than you can down in the deep valley; there is more perspective to things. There was a time when this was a view into enemy territory, for the vantage point of this photo, taken in Virginia, is looking into Maryland, and they were at war.
If you are at this point at the right time, you can see ships paying their respects to George Washington, for behind the camera is his Mount Vernon home, and that salute would have been given even by Union vessels during the Civil War. Yes, you can see a lot from the hilltop. In some ways, it’s a little like God’s vantage point; He sees all.
Walking more closely with God can enable us to see more than we might otherwise see. It allows us to see some things for what they really are, it can enable us to see what is really true and what is really false. It can enable us to see people more clearly, to take less notice of appearances that are not real, and to better appreciate inner realities that are real.
When we are close to God, not only can we see more than we do when we are far from Him, but we will always see Him in the picture, standing out over everything, strong and true. When you think about it, the hilltop is really the best place to dwell.