“For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock?” – Psalm 18:31 (NLT)
Let’s talk for a minute about the terrifyingly awesome God that we serve. Do we actually know the God we serve? Do we know the God that we claim to love? Because I find myself reading the words of David, and I myself am going, “Lord, do I even really know who You are?” The power in the words that David penned in this chapter, they carry such power and authority in them! They overflow with the anointing power of the Lord. Read these words and meditate on them, for they carry a deep understanding of the Lord that we in the American church too often shy away from acknowledging, because it terrifies us. And it should, because this is called the fear of the Lord! We must get the fear of the Lord back in our hearts, otherwise we will be easily swayed by anything and everything.
“Then the earth quaked and trembled. The foundations of the mountains shook; they quaked because of His anger. Smoke poured from His nostrils; fierce flames leaped from His mouth. Glowing coals blazed forth from Him. He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath His feet. Mounted on a mighty angelic being, He flew, soaring on the wings of the wind. He shrouded Himself in darkness, veiling His approach with dark rain clouds. Thick clouds shielded the brightness around Him and rained down hail and burning coals.” – Psalm 18:7-12
If this doesn’t prick your heart with a sense of awe and reverent fear, then I question your nearness to the Lord. I question your walk. And I question it because these words cause me to look back on my own walk with the question of, “Do I know Him?” Do I know Him? Do I know what it means to walk in a reverent fear of the Lord? Do I actually understand just how terrifyingly awesome the Living God is? Or do I simply just read these words without a second thought, and go about my day?
Lord, rekindle the fire of the fear of the Lord in the hearts of Your people! We have lost it somewhere in the mess we have made, and we must find it in order to clean things up properly.
The Lord shrouded Himself in darkness. He came to David’s rescue on a raging storm filled with fire and burning coals. It rained down hail. This is the God that we serve. This is the God of the Bible, the Creator of all life and light. This is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father of Jesus Christ Himself! Yet we have depicted Him as nothing more than a loving, kind God. Yes He is these things, but He is also terrifying! He is lovely, but He is the One who strikes fear into the hearts of man. He is the One who is going to come riding in on the clouds in the end, surrounded by a mighty army of angels too great to count. He is the One who strikes the earth with everything we label as dreadful and terrible. He is the One who does these things, and He does them because He is the Just One, the Righteous King of Heaven.
Do we even know You, Lord? Do we even understand Who it is that we believe our hope comes from? This is the God who throws all who are against Him into the burning lake of fire in the end. Let us shake in our boots with a fear that the world has not seen in a long time! Let us walk in the humility of realizing that God in His mercy has rescued us from His wrath, but there is an entire world of people who have not been so fortunate yet. They still have time, but they have yet to turn to the One, True God who is both terrifying and wonderful all at once!
Do we actually know the One who is coming on the clouds?