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?


The Lord is king! Let the nations tremble! He sits on his throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake! – Psalm 99:1




For the Lord is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness. – Psalm 98:9

Essential to the most basic faith in God is the belief that He is coming. From the time of Enoch, who Genesis 5:22 declares lived “in close fellowship with God,” faithful believers have understood that He is coming to judge everyone (Jude 14-15). The thief on the cross was saved just by saying, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom” (Luke 23:42).

The Lord will return suddenly and swiftly to judge the ungodly. Just as Gideon descended with a trumpet blast in the night in sudden judgment upon Midian (Judges 7:19), Jesus will suddenly return with His saints to judge the world. If you are “faint, yet pursuing”

(8:4 KJV), keep up the fight. Your blessed hope as a believer is that the Lord will return not only to deliver you from this world but also to punish His enemies who have afflicted you.

Paul reminded the Philippian believers that “we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior (Philippians 3:20). . . . Remember, the Lord is coming soon” (4:5). One day the Lord will descend from heaven, and our battle will be eternally over!

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