WHO IS TREMBLING?
by Wayne S. Walker
“Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob” (Psalm 114:7). The short 114th Psalm magnifies the power of God in His deliverance of Israel, and cites three examples. When Israel came out of Egypt, the sea fled, a rock turned into a pool of water, and the Jordan River turned back. God is the Creator of the earth (Genesis 1:1). When He commands the natural forces of earth to act, the earth trembles and obeys Him. It has no other choice.
God is also the Creator of mankind (Genesis 1:26-27). However, because He made us with free will, we do have a choice. We can, of course, tremble and choose to obey Him. This is what we should do and what He wants us to do. However, we can refuse to obey. Trembling suggests “fear,” and it is a common problem with mankind which is certainly manifest in our time, that “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18). Many today do not seem to fear God at all.
While God allows people to choose to disobey Him, He wants us to know that there are consequences. “For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:30-31). We can either tremble before God now with reverence and awe to obey Him, or we can cower in terror before Him in judgment and be lost forever.