A Bible Devotion from Psalm 114
Tremble, O Earth, At the Presence of the Lord
1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2 Judah became His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion.
3 The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back. 4 The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs. 5 What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back? 6 O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, 8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters.
Psalm 114, NKJV
I simply love this Psalm. We live at a time when people are consumed by the unknown, magic, fortune telling, mystical happenings, etc. In all of this, however, the earth is much "smarter" than we are. The earth and all that is in it knows who God is!
When the seas saw the presence of the Lord, they fled; the Jordan River turned back, the mountains skipped, and the little hills scampered like lambs. This was no response to the waving of a magic wand, or the words of a sorcerer! Just God's presence alone brings a response from the earth.
When the Jordan River was dry for the Israelites to walk upon its river bed, the Bible says that the water piled up on a heap. Do you know what that means? It means that it piled up on a heap! Somehow we think we must explain away the miracles of God because we can not understand how the rivers of water would pile up on a heap! Somehow we find it necessary to find a natural cause to explain the wondrous miracles of the Bible.
No! We don't. God is God and that is enough; He is not like man (aren't you glad?). When we look forward to living in God's world (Heaven) won't that be such a glorious time. We can not even imagine the wonders that await us.
As we were reminded in the 114th Psalm, thank God today that God is not a man like us, but He is truly the God who created everything and is even now preparing a home for us in the new Heavens and the new Earth!
Sanctuary and Dominion, verses 1-2
The Fleeing Sea, verses 3-6
Tremble, verses 7-8