Daily Devotional for April 28
The Lord is king! Let the nations tremble! He sits on his throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake! —Psalm 99:1
The prayer of the psalmist for God to come and change the world was a bold one. The closing hours of Jesus’ life epitomized the answer to David’s prayers. Jesus’ slow and agonizing death on the cross caused the earth to convulse and quake. Even the sun refused to shine. The presence of the Lord was so awesome that the elements He had created were unable to function normally. Even the guards shook when the Lord of Life came out of the tomb (Matthew 28:4). Mighty angels confronted the women who had come to anoint Jesus’ body, and Luke 24:5 says, “The women were terrified and bowed low before them.” Who can stand in the presence of almighty God? His presence will shake anything and everything until all creation acknowledges that “the Lord reigns” (Psalm 99:1 NIV). When God came down on Mount Sinai, the earth and mountain began to quake and shake violently, and the mountain was engulfed in fire and smoke (Exodus 19:18). God’s kingdom is the only kingdom that cannot be shaken or destroyed (Hebrews 12:28). Let the nations tremble under the Lordship of Christ. If the earth now shakes in His absence, what will it do when He personally appears?