7Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
8Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together
9Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.
The Hills Are Alive!
As I read through these verses from Psalm 98 this morning, I could not help but hear Julie Andrews whirling about on top of a mountain with her arms spread out, singing, "The hills are alive with the sound of music!" Even in our world of animated movies, we seldom give nature a second thought, let alone imagining the seas, the rivers, and the hills clapping their hands joyfully praising God.
Neither do we think of the forces of nature bent low by the weight of the effects of man's sin upon them. When Adam and Eve sinned, humans were not the only ones who suffered. All of nature was silenced by the curse of sin.
But, it will not be so forever! The curse will be lifted and nature will be free to shake out her stiff arms and lift up her silenced voices in praise to God, for the Lord is coming to judge the earth.
We tend to think of the negative aspects of judgment, and of course, they are there. Those whose names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life will be cast out forever. What a day of mourning that will be. However, the mourning will soon turn to joy, for the innocent victims will be set free from the terrible results of the curse.
This will be a truly righteous judgement. No officials will be bought; no charges of inequity need to be filed for the Lord God judges righteously. He who sees into the depths of the hearts of all people will know His own, and will release them from the stranglehold of sin. No more will we wrestle with our own sin, for sin will be abolished forever.
How can we praise God enough for such love. Not one of us deserves to be called righteous before God; not one of us has done anything deserving of life.
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8, New King James Version)
While we were yet still sinners, Christ died for us! That death not only brings life everlasting to the children of God, but it releases the agony of sin cast upon all of nature. When Christ returns, our joy will be complete, and yes, the hills will be joyful, the rivers will clap their hands, and the sea will roar in its fulness. Indeed we will shout praises to the Lord and exclaim, "The hills are alive with the joy of the Lord."
Go then this day in the joy of the Lord, for while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Do not neglect this great Savior, but cry out to Him today, for He, alone, is the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by Him!
God Bless You,