The Earth Trembles

Why was it, sea, that you fled? Jordan, that you turned back? Mountains, that you skipped like rams? Hills, like lambs? Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water (vv. 5-8).

The psalmist doesn’t attempt to answer the questions posed in verses 5 and 6. Instead, he commands the earth to tremble in the presence of the Lord, the God of Jacob. Why? Because only he can turn desert rocks into refreshing pools of water. Only he can transform inanimate stones into wells of gushing water. Only he can take my parched, meaningless life and restore it with springs of living water!

The revelation of God’s power over nature was the only thing that encouraged Job when he was hurting. God led him through a painfully revealing process of counseling through such questions as:

Do you know the laws of the heavens?

Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?

Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?

Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?…

Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind?

Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?

Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens

when the dust becomes hard

and the clods of earth stick together? (Job 38:33-38 NIV).

The Lord has sovereign control over nature. Man can’t lift a finger to influence nature. It’s unruly, violent, and disobedient; it can only be manipulated and rearranged. But if God can, even on a whim, control the forces of nature, he can exert control over my seemingly unpredictable life. When I am helpless and lack courage and confidence, I can place unwavering trust in his incomparable power and might.

Personal Prayer

God of Jacob, refresh and renew my life today. Lead me out of the barren desert to an oasis of your care!

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