Reflections from the Psalms

Psalm 114

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,”

~ Psalm 114:7

This psalm speaks of the awesome power and majesty (v.8) of the presence of God (v.7).  It describes in a unique way how God’s holiness is creation’s ailment (v.5-6).  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  We are all men and women of unclean lips.  Woe are we!  We are undone before him (Isaiah 6:1-5).  All of creation is now tainted by sin and groans for redemption and renewal (Romans 8:19-23) 

Yet, because of Christ, God dwells with us (John 1:14) and in us by his Spirit (Romans 8:9).  And we will live with him forever (John 14:2; Psalm 23:6).  We are his temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).  We are his people (1 Peter 2:9-10).  We are under his dominion (Daniel 7:14; Ps. 145:13)).  God has complete sovereign rule over all his creation (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).  He uses his power and majesty to protect, provide for, love and care for all of his creation (Job 12:7-10; Nehemiah 9:6).

Not only is God’s holiness creation’s ailment, it is its only HOPE!