This tale of hope in the midst of pain was very personal to Morgan. She explained in CCM Top 100 Greatest Songs In Christian Music: "I was struggling through a lot of different issues in my life. I had been reading the book Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard in an effort to get some insight with my own with fear. And I prayed, 'Lord, when will I be free of this sense of dread, of fear?' I started humming the tune and the words followed: The mountains are steep and the valleys low."
Karla Faye Tucker, a convicted murderer who had become a committed Christian whilst on death row, asked for this song to be played before she became the first woman executed in Texas since the Civil War.
This song won the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award for Short Form Music Video of the Year.
Morgan later wrote Point of Grace's 2007 country hit "How You Live (Turn up the Music)."