Thoughts from the Moravian Texts
“3 The Red Sea saw them coming and hurried out of their way!
The water of the Jordan River turned away.
4 The mountains skipped like rams,
the hills like lambs!
5 What’s wrong, Red Sea, that made you hurry out of their way?
What happened, Jordan River, that you turned away?
6 Why, mountains, did you skip like rams?
Why, hills, like lambs?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob.“
As I read this Psalm today in the Moravian Texts I sort of stopped and thought to myself, do we tremble in the presence of God?
We, I, spend the majority of my time talking about God as Father, as Abba, as Savior, as Friend – which are all wonderfully true! But in doing so I neglect time talking about God as King and Judge. We cannot have one without the other. Nor should we want to. Our Dad is awesome!
God is loving Father and we, by association, are His children and nothing can change that.
And our loving Father is also King.
Not just any old king. This King’s power, knowledge, and presence has NO LIMITS. Imagine! A King whose very words are more powerful than all of the armies and weaponry of human history combined, with nothing that escapes His notice or surpasses His understanding, and not a place in all the universe where He is not. It is His very presence which allows us to draw breath and live.
This high and lofty King seated on the throne of the universe is the Creator of all things and is above all things, so much so that He makes our common, everyday, run of the mill kings His subjects.
He is the King of all kings and when we come into His presence we should remember these things… and tremble.