Psalms 114:1-8 (KJV)
1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.
3 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.
4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.
5 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?
7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;
8 Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.
Recently there was a massive explosion in Tehran, Iran. Many compared the blast to a nuclear explosion. There was a massive fireball, shock waves, immense damage, and tragic loss of life. As I watched the videos from people who recorded the blast I was amazed at the power of the explosion.
As I read this passage a glaring problem arises in my mind. How often do I forget the incredible power of our God? The explosion I saw does not compare to Gods power. I cannot fully understand the breadth and extent of His power, so it is easy to not think about it. This passage tells us that the earth trembles at the presence of God. I am so little and powerless compared to the power of nature, yet there are many times I am defiant against God.
There are many responses we should have when we reflect on Gods power. Today we will look at only one.
Ezekiel 1:26-28 describes God on his throne.
26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
When we catch a glimpse of our righteous powerful God on his throne we should have several responses. We should be humbled at how powerful He is and weak we are. We should be encouraged that we know a God that is powerful enough that He is in control. Lastly, we should be grateful that this powerful God cares about us individually enough to give His Son so we could have a relationship with Him. Let us take some time today to worship our God for how powerful He is.
Psalms 114:1-8 (KJV)