4For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
5They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
6Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
7Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
8As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
What do you fear? Is your fear reasonable? Psalm 48 presents a situation which troubled the kings of the earth. When they saw Jerusalem, the city of God, they were filled with fear, and rightly so. Displayed before them was a power even greater than the power of an east wind which could break apart even the largest ships known to man.
Why, then, do we not see this fear of God in the leaders of the nations in our day? Could it be that they have become complacent, or is it because they have never truly seen, nor do they understand the power of God?
Even more than ungodly rulers, why do we not see this comprehension in the understanding of most Christians alive today? Have Christians been lulled to sleep by a life that seems to float by with great ease? We have the Word of God before us which gives detailed accounts of God's working among His children, especially in response to their rejection, yet we are so overcome with the love of God that our lives simply pass by with little or no thought about tomorrow or how God might respond to our apathy.
It is true, God is a God of love--a love we cannot begin to comprehend. Who among us is worthy of the great sacrifice Christ gave on our behalf? We must, however, ask ourselves, "What does God require of us in return?" Is it too much to ask that our very lives be given back to Him? Is it too much to ask that we concern ourselves with those who have never heard the Gospel?
It is hard to understand, in our world today, how so many could exist who do not know of the sacrifice Christ made on their behalf, that they might have eternal life with Him forever. Yet, in a world filled with religion, it is true that the field is white unto harvest and the workers are few!
As we ponder this great city of God, and our God who rules all the peoples of the earth, may we make a renewed commitment to spend our lives for Christ and for the spread of His Word, until the entire world is filled with His praises.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,