A Season of Psalms - Psalm 114:7-8
“Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
One of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons as a child was Scooby Doo. But there was always one thing I couldn’t understand: if Scooby Doo was scared of ghosts, why did he ride around with a group of teenagers investigating spooky mysteries? In every episode, they would encounter ghostly apparitions and frightening monsters which left Scooby and Shaggy running for their lives. When they weren’t running, they were trembling in fear, eyes tightly shut, until the danger was past. By episode’s end, it was clear all along that there was truly nothing to fear. In the words of FDR, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
In Psalm 114, all the earth is commanded to tremble in the Lord’s presence. When Israel left Egypt and became God’s possession and royal priesthood, the seas fled. The mountains skipped like rams and the hills like lambs. Why? Because of the Lord’s marvelous acts. The mountains and seas didn’t flee for Israel, but because of the appearance of the God of the universe, the Lord Himself. They flee at the demonstration of God’s mighty power and provision for His people. Isaiah called down woe upon himself, for his eyes had beheld the Lord. In Revelation 6, at the opening of the sixth seal, the powerful hide in caves and call for the rocks to fall upon them, to “hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” In the presence of the Living God, we cannot stand or stay as we are. Before Him, we tremble and come undone.
My friends Dave and Jess Ray recorded a song entitled “Undone” with these lyrics: “Undone. I am undone in the presence of a holy God for I am not. I come to be undone. Giving up this heart of pride, my sacrifice. Laying all before the Son I come undone.” The creature is before the Creator; He holds our life in His hands. In His presence, will you be undone?
Further Reading: 2 Chronicles 6:40-7:3; Ezekiel 7
Pray with me:
Father, we come into Your presence today with thanksgiving in our heart, and we bow in reverential fear and awe at the sound of Your great name. Lord, You are good, You are perfect in all of Your ways, and I am undone before You. You know my inmost thoughts, and yet you are mindful of me. I give You my worship, for Your faithful love endures forever. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.