31The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
32He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
The Trembling Earth
As we continue our series, "First Love," from the Psalms, we are looking at two very interesting verses. Psalm 104 tells us, He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: He toucheth the hills, and they smoke."
What is it about God that elicits such a response from the earth and from its hills? Though scarred and broken by the effects of sin, the trembling earth still knows its Creator, and when its Creator peers upon it, it trembles with fear and excitement. The hills, when touched by the finger of God, smoke!
Why is it that even nature itself responds so to God, and yet man largely ignores Him? How can man not see what even the inanimate earth can? Blanketed by sin and the strong delusions by Satan, man actually thinks he has power over the earth. As man grows in knowledge and understanding he feels as though he could even take on the entire universe.
We must remember that these strong delusions are not limited to the circles of the ungodly. As Christians we must always be on guard, for Satan loves to bring people into our inner circles who profess Christ, but are actually unconverted. Jude, writing of this exact thing stated,
4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4, New King James Version)
How do we guard against such things? Jude notes two things. First he states,
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21, New King James Version)
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
(Jude 1:24-25, New King James Version)
We must go to Christ, for it is Christ, alone, who can keep us from falling and present us faultless before God's throne of grace.
So, today, take some time to look at God's wondrous creation all around you and remember the trembling earth and the smoking hill!
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow!
God Bless You,