February 25, 2022

Psalms 18:8-17 — God’s Earth Shattering Presence


Today our Psalms paints a very remarkable picture of God’s presence, which is interesting against the backdrop of what is happening in the world right now between Russia and Ukraine, Russia boasts of a mighty military, big tanks, and nuclear weapons, but all of that pails in comparison to God when God makes His presence known:

Psa 18:8  Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.

Psa 18:9  He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.

Psa 18:10  He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.

Psa 18:11  He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Psa 18:12  From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Psa 18:13  The LORD also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Psa 18:14  He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.

Psa 18:15  Then the channels of water appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare At Your rebuke, O LORD, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

Summing that up, the natural order bends and breaks at God’s presence, it is no wonder why man falls on his face whenever God enters the picture.  At any rate, when we compare the Almighty to Vlamdir Putin, those Russian tanks don’t seem so bad after all.  

Today’s reading then concludes that while God’s awe inspiring appearance is earth shattering, God still saves His children, in this case David: 

Psa 18:16  He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.

Psa 18:17  He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

So while our enemies may seem strong and mighty, God is infinitely superior, if we look at the 2nd Coming, Christ wipes them out with a breath of His mouth, see 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2.  Another sobering reminder that God runs the show, man and his armies come and go, but God reigns eternal! 

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