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The Presence of God

December 8, 2008

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Psalm 114

Tremble at the Presence of the Lord

 1When Israel went out from Egypt,
   the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
2Judah became his sanctuary,
   Israel his dominion.

 3 The sea looked and fled;
    Jordan turned back.
4 The mountains skipped like rams,
   the hills like lambs.

 5What ails you, O sea, that you flee?
   O Jordan, that you turn back?
6O mountains, that you skip like rams?
   O hills, like lambs?

 7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8who turns the rock into a pool of water,
    the flint into a spring of water.

This passage is truly inspirational.  A catalogue of God’s greatness and the wonder of His creation at the work of His hands.  These are rivers, and rocks, mountains and hills the same as we see before us today.  We tread earth which has little meaning, but at the presence of God even the basest of soil become holy ground.  Massive monolyths of stone and granite skip like rams at His presence, the waters know their maker and mankind sees testament of His glory. “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” (Rom14:20)  What great effect His presence has on our lives, and how it should be sought.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

December 8, 2008

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This season is incredibly rich, both in beauty and in joy.  Go out one evening and enjoy the silence; cold winter nights are as peaceful as they come.  We recall the joy of the first quiet Christmas when, aside from the angels singing, the cold hills around Bethlehem were silent.  As the final king of all Israel, the Christ Savior of mankind entered the world, not with pomp and dancing but with labor, crying, and stillness.  While His life and call to mission should be our focus this and every season, we should always bear in mind that the King will return. 

Though we know not when He will return, we should live our lives in anticipation with our ears inclined to hear the trumpet peel, for the second coming will be anything but quiet.  The kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of our Lord and Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.  Then the only sounds to be heard will be praises to our King.