Earth-Melting Power

Picture the power and white-hot heat required to literally “melt” the earth. That’s the power within the breath of God. He created it all, and one day, His Word will literally set on fire all of creation. When I consider the sheer intensity of that kind of power, it takes my breath away.

The Almighty and beyond-my-comprehension-powerful God, is my Father and the One I’m in communion with.

He’s the first One that I spoke with this morning, and the One Who I’m seeking moment by moment. And His breath can melt the earth.

Don’t take that description lightly. That’s Who He is!

This week, we’re walking through Psalm 46 together and I hope it is instructive for you as we meditate on this great passage and consider its immense implications. I pray that it encourages you, as you mull over these truths and hope you’ll appreciate God more because of the magnitude of this Psalm.

Yesterday’s reading ended with mountains quaking under the “swelling pride” of the rolling sea. In contrast to the violent rush of waves that would take us under, God has a river of life that will refresh and sustain us:

[box]There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.

The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah (Ps. 46:4–7)[/box]

Are you drinking deeply from the Living Water? Rather than bringing destruction, God’s river is a life-giving source of joy.

Whenever I think of the “river whose streams make glad the city of God” I think of the river we see in the future kingdom where we will be with Him forever:

[box]Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. (Rev. 22:1 –3)[/box]

This portion of the Psalm seems to be pointing to the future event. One day God will utterly destroy this fallen planet, even the heavens where Lucifer and one-third of the angels rebelled against God’s authority:

[box]Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:11–13)[/box]

Are you ready for that day? Do you long for His appearing?

The Psalmist reminds us that: “The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold . . .” and that is where our security is found. This phrase is repeated twice in this short chapter. God wants to be sure that we understand: if we are finding our refuge in Him as our “stronghold, we have no need to fear.

Do you get excited to think about the future with Christ?

Does knowing He will one day establish a pure and holy kingdom give you hope and provide you with endurance for today?

I encourage you to pause now and spend some moments worshipping the One who can utter one word and melt all that’s visible. Stand amazed at His power and grace. 

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  • Vicki

    I love meditating on our future hope! A hope that grows stronger and stronger RIGHT NOW as we “think on these things!”

    When I read verses 2 and 3, it seems to me that there is a crescendo of devastating turmoil (the earth gives way, the mountains move, the waters roar and foam, the mountains tremble…) that brings a tension I can feel. I can almost hear the music that goes along with it! 🙂 Then verse 4 breaks the tension like a calmng summer breeze – “there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.” There have been times when life is like that: the trials mount and mount until we think we cannot take anything more. Then God brings that gentle breeze of His comfort and there is a release of tension that is unexplainable. Circumstances may not change, but somehow we’re at peace. It’s so important to remember verses 4 and 5 when we’re in verses 2 and 3!

    As our world gets darker and darker, I believe we will have more times like that – times of devastation and tension where we feel like we just can’t bear one more thing. But oh! There is a river!!! Flowing from the throne! No longer will there be anything accursed! And His servants will worship Him!!!!!

    “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you, Vicki, for adding such a beautiful description to today’s post. Yes, that’s it exactly! We must “remember verses 4 and 5 when we’re in verses 2 and 3!”

    Such a good word, thank you for sharing!