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January 4 – Scattering the enemies

“At the tumultuous noise peoples flee; when You lift Yourself up, nations are scattered…” – Isaiah 33:3

Scripture reading: Psalm 68:1-14

So certain is the Lord’s deliverance, that here He tells Israel to live as if the deliverance has already happened. There can be no doubt in our hearts that when the Lord arises to bring justice, it will happen. This was always to be Israel’s hope for the coming Messiah: though Christ’s coming might be far off into the future, His coming was certain. This is our hope, too: Christ is coming as He promised.

The “tumultuous noise” is perhaps a reference to the wailing sound of the Assyrians as the angel of the Lord destroyed 185,000 of their soldiers. This noise is filled with fear and dread at the awful judgment of the Lord. It recalls Revelation 6:16-17, where the unbelievers call out to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

You might also recall the angel of the Lord killing the firstborn sons of Egypt. Only by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, can we be spared from this wrath, this tumultuous noise and fear of God’s judgment! These words summon us to repent of our sins and to put our faith in Christ alone!

In God’s judgment, the nations are scattered. He arises in His might and the nations tremble.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray with thanksgiving for the blood of Jesus Christ that saves us from the wrath of God and with hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming.

Rev. Todd De Rooy currently serves in Redeemer URC, in Orange City, Iowa. He has served there since being ordained in 2008. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.

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