Daily Devotional: Psalms 18:7-11
7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him--the dark rain clouds of the sky.
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
These verses in the Psalms remind me of the occasion when God came down to Mount Sinai and gave the Law to Moses. The earth shook and the mountain quaked as it was filled with smoke. The people begged Moses to have God speak to him because they could not bear to hear his voice. So when Moses came down from being with God, his face shone so brightly that he had to put a veil over it so the people could stand to look at him. I have often tried to imagine being there and witnessing the majestic presence of God! What an awesome God!
But we have something even better than this! We have Jesus who has come to us and given us his word. We have the privilege of being more than physical children of God. We are the real family of God, the real nation of spiritual Israel because of the blood of Jesus offered on our behalf.
The writer of Hebrews goes on to say that if that first scene was so terrible that even Moses trembled with fear, then we should be afraid to not listen to Jesus who is the author and mediator of a new and better covenant. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our "God is a consuming fire." Heb 12:28-29
Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing your love to me in giving Jesus and the forgiveness that affords. Thank you for providing your word to me so I can know you and live for you. Give me a deeper respect for you and your word and help me show it in every facet of my life. Thank you for the physical strength and healing you give me. Use me and all I have to your glory. Give me wisdom in all I say and do to lead others to you. I pray in the name of Jesus my Lord.