REJOICE AND TREMBLE

Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.Psalm 2:11

Have you ever really read this verse. Wow! Rejoice with trembling! Often, rejoicing and trembling are at the opposite extremes of the spectrum of our lives. Rejoicing deals with good news that will improve our quality of life. Trembling is often associated with the fear of something terrible or unpleasant happening in our lives. David is describing something that is totally different from any blessing or tragedy that can happen in our natural experience of life. What he is describing is spiritual by nature, rejoicing and trembling happen simultaneously when one encounters the glorious presence of the Lord. In His presence is fullness of overflowing joy; also, there is a terrifying fear because of His greatness and holiness. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. Martin Luther had tasted this apparent contradiction in his God encounters. Check him out.

“So we should fear God in a way that doesn’t entirely exclude joy. It should be a genuine joy—a joy that can’t be kept bottled up in our hearts. When we truly believe that we have been reconciled to God because of Christ, we will have a smile on our face, a twinkle in our eyes, and a song of praise on our lips. The Holy Spirit tells us to serve our heavenly King with inward and outward joy, combined with reverence. If we don’t, we’ll become overconfident. We’ll start acting like animals and sink into lustful human pleasures. If we make sure we don’t become overconfident, then God won’t be offended by our happiness. In fact, he’s offended by sadness and demands joy. That’s why people who were in mourning were not allowed to bring God sacrifices, and why the offerings in Malachi were unacceptable to God (Malachi 2:13). We have to mix joy with fear and mix fear with hope.This psalm warns us not to become either proud or despondent. Falling into despair is as offensive to God as being overconfident. God doesn’t want us to be down in the dumps or high up in the clouds. He wants us to be somewhere in the middle.”

Rejoicing with trembling is not something you can fake. It is the immediate response of being touched by God. Have you been touched by God? If and when that happens you will know. How will you know. Rejoicing and trembling will become a way of life.

4 Replies to “REJOICE AND TREMBLE”

  1. Amen! Psalm 32v:11 “Be glad in the LORD and rejoice ,you righteous; and shout for joy,all you upright in heart! Psalm 33 1 rejoice in the Lord ,o you righteous for praise from the upright is BEAUTIFUL.

  2. THANK YOU for/HOLY SPIRIT… It’s ALL YOURS KING OF KINGS JESUS….. HAVE YOUR WAY JESUS HOLY SPIRIT WITH ME ALL DAY LONG…
    I WILL PRAISE YOU KING FOR ALL THINGS YOU HAVE DONE IN my life…
    I FEAR and LOVE YOU JESUS… Show us YOUR GLORY..
    Good morning Pastor Frank, HALLELUJAH.. HAVE a blessed and FILLED DAY in our KING of KINGS JESUS. Love you Pastor!!!!!! HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH… It’s all HIS/EVERYTHING…. GLORY HONOR

  3. In a dream several years ago, I was present in that dream in a place that had no geography. The only visible thing seemed to be a misty, cloud like white color. I remember no smells, or any sounds, but there was the most incredible, overwhelming, hair standing up “feeling” that was not temporal but much to my amazement was CONSTANT that “hit me” it seemed as soon as I got a perspective as to where I was and who was there also, did I realize that God was allowing me to be in His presence. I have thought about this experience several times since, and the hardest part of trying to relate it to others, is describing the “feeling” The best I can do at this point would be to ask you to remember all the great moments in your life, think about how that affected your “feelings”, then multiply all of those at once to “hit you” and then stay in that moment forever. It’s kind of hard to fathom, but that was my experience of being in God’s presence and it’s what I envision one of the many benefits in heaven will be. I don’t know if I would call it fear, perhaps AWE (awe just didn’t seem big enough) As far as the trembling, it went right along with the sensory overload that was way beyond any natural experiences I have had. I guess supernatural is fitting. I hope that God sees fit to allow more of these visits with me. Praise His Holy Name

  4. When all of a sudden my spirit sings or speaks in tongues it is awesome! It’s like the Holy Spirit wanting to spend time with me! That experience is powerful yet soothing! Read Psalm 15! Also remember where Gods Tabernacle dwells at this present time!

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