May 21st, 2018 — IGNITE

I know I’ve said this before, but I really do love the Word of God. I love what my eyes see when I read it and I love how my heart feels when it reaches past the surface and goes deep within me. Here’s what I read this morning that grabbed hold of me…

“Tremble, O earth, before the Lord…” Psalm 114:7

I have to tell you, there’s something comforting in knowing we worship a God who causes all the earth to tremble. There’s something reassuring knowing the power our God holds. There’s a confidence that comes when you know our God can even do such a thing.

The popular thinking of today tends to shy away from a God of power and might, choosing to emphasize lowliness and meekness. But the same God who emptied Himself, took on flesh, and became a servant is also the God who causes the earth to tremble and shake, mountains to crash into the depths of the sea. The same Son of God who entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey will one day return leading a host of heavenly beings, the mighty army of God.

Tremble in the presence of the Lord. Never take for granted who it is that you worship. Never forget that He spoke billions of stars into existence. Never forget that He created not just one daisy, but billions upon billions of daisies and is still doing it today. Never forget that He intricately and wondrously formed you. Always keep in mind that you will one day stand before His judgment seat.

I remember a Latin phrase I learned in college many years ago. The two words were Coram Deo, which means before the face of God. Today, like yesterday and tomorrow, live Coram Deo, before the face of God. He sees your every action, hears your every word, knows your every thought. But even as you seek to live in the sight of your holy God, be comforted knowing that our God reigns over all creation. The earth will tremble at His presence. Every knee will bow before Him. Every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. And the trials you now face will one day be over as Jesus welcomes you into your eternal home with Him. The Lord, the righteous judge, will take vengeance on all His enemies and He will reward all those He has made His children.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Tremble at the presence of the Lord. Tremble in awesome respect and fear at His power. Tremble in overwhelming joy at His mercy toward you.

Father,

Even as the earth shakes in Your presence, I know I am welcomed to come before you through the blood of the Lamb. Jesus, thank You for making the way for me. It’s in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen