Trembling in the Presence of the Lord

I always love to dabble into the book of Psalms for all it’s encouraging words and praises. Recently, I read Psalm 114… may or may not have been because it is only 8 verses long (but hey, some days can be a bit chaotic, okay).

{Tag along in your Bible to take notes, and read along in the verses}

Some background info: The Lord is leading Israel out of Egypt as the act of redemption under the Old Covenant. (The act of redemption under the new covenant is Jesus Christ dying for our sins on the cross.) In other words, this is a BIG DEAL. The whole chapter discusses how we are to tremble at the presence of our Lord.

We immediately can see God’s great love and grace, shown in verse 1. The world is a place know for people of many “strange languages” (can infer literal languages, or culture, genders, religions, sins, etc.) for all whom God redeems. God’s greatest desire is to redeem all His children, and bring them back home… no matter the cost. As we move onto verse 2, we learn that God’s real presence is not in the world, but within His people. When we accept God into our hearts, we become image bearers of the Almighty King; allowing the image of God to define our being, relating, and doing. God dominates over any place He dwells, allowing us to have the greatest pleasure of honoring Him as the Lord & our Heavenly Father.

We begin to see nature become alive and aware of the presence of the Lord (verse 3). The sea actually MOVED out of His way, the “mountains SKIPPED like rams” and the “hills like lambs.” Creation was truly HAPPY of the deliverance of God’s people, representing both fear & joy. What caught my attention though, is the start of verse 5: “What ails you…” Not only is mankind powerless to stand against the presence of the Mighty Lord, but so is nature. Our God is a God of ALL the earth. He is not only the creator of everything but the king, as well.

For non-christians, that can be quite frightening. And the author of Psalm 114 knows that, so he encourages us of God’s great love, again. In verse 7-8, we are assured that the mighty presence of God works FOR us, and NOT against us.

I mean WOW. Who else could make the mountains, oceans, and hills move, besides our God?

Just like the song So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong,

“If the oceans roar Your greatness, so will I

 For if everything exists to lift You high, so will I.”

Therefore, everything we do should exhibit God’s grace to us, God’s mercy to us, and most importantly, God’s love for us!

1 Corinthians 10:31

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

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