Tremble

All these things My hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the LORD.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at My word.
Isaiah 66:2

חָרֵד

chared

fearful; also reverential:—afraid, trembling

This word, tremble, can mean to be afraid of something as well as to revere or stand in awe of something.

God, the Creator of all is the One and Only before which I stand in awe. His Word beholds the Truth and deserves reverence. I am on my knees.

Matthew Henry writes of this passage and the word, tremble, in Isaiah: “That he would not heed it as he would a humble, penitent, gracious heart. He has a heaven and earth of his own making, and a temple of man’s making; but he overlooks them all, that he may look with favour to him that is poor in spirit, humble and serious, self-abasing and self-denying, whose heart is truly contrite for sin, penitent for it, and in pain to get it pardoned, and who trembles at God’s word, not as Felix did, with a transient qualm that was over when the sermon was done, but with an habitual awe of God’s majesty and purity and an habitual dread of His justice and wrath. Such a heart is a living temple for God; He dwells there, and it is the place of His rest; it is like heaven and earth, His throne and His footstool.”

The precious one who is trembling is probably a gentle person, non-judgmental, humble and grateful. She/he is able to seek forgiveness when she has strayed, has sinned. She desires to please God and walk according to His ways. She trembles at the sound of His voice, His rippling waters, His rejoicing over her, His love for her. She knows her God yet is always learning about Him, ion awe of His power and greatness. The more she learns, the more she actually trembles for God is Almighty and Omniscient.

C. H. Spurgeon delivered a sermon in 1884 on this passage in Isaiah saying: They are not a proud people: they do not cry, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice?” They are humbly hearing; hearing the word of God, and inwardly reverencing the heavenly monitor. They are no longer careless and reckless, for the voice of the Lord has brought them to their bearings. They have bowed their heads before Jehovah, and they listen with rapt attention to everything that he may speak. They are like the child Samuel when he said, “Speak, Lord; for your servant hears.” They are teachable, and lowly, and by no means belong to the school who correct the infallible, and judge the unerring.

God’s Word should cause us to tremble. It holds the Truth, the only Truth. As I read the words of these two verses in Isaiah, I am in awe of the mightiness of our God. I cannot think of Him in any other way. Mighty in power. Exalted. Creator of all…ALL!!

And these are two of 31,102 verses in this magnificent Book. And how many of them speak of the wonder of our God? Oh, my!

God teaches us all that He desires that we grow in spirit and lean more and more toward Him, on Him. He wants us to know Him. He wants us to draw near to Him.

He gave us His Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

May I turn toward Him in all my ways, learning Who He is and all that He has done and continues to do for me. May I be a light in this dark world, LORD.

“And as for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit that is upon you, and My words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the LORD, “from this time forth and forevermore.” Isaiah 59:12

Hear the Word of the LORD,
you who tremble at His Word:
“Your brothers who hate you
and cast you out for My name’s sake
have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified,
that we may see your joy’;
but it is they who shall be put to shame.
Isaiah 66:5

חָרֵד

This old hymn reminds me of the very reason I tremble for the earth shook when Jesus was crucified, died, and rose again. He draws me to Him and loves me despite my frailty of body, of spirit, of mind. He is the Living Water, the Christ, the Resurrection, the Bread. He nourishes me, quenches my thirst, and reminds me just Whose I am.

Were You There?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?

חָרֵד

Father God, may I bow before You trembling in reverence and love as I seek Your face. I pray that Your Word, Your Son, always be held in esteem in my very being. Father, I love You dearly and want to know You more and more. I want to tremble because of Who You are and what You have done, all that continue to do. You gave me Your Word so that I could see You more clearly as I read and study. I am truly sorry when I become slack in my study. May I love You so much that I only desire to know You more and more. May I tremble in Your Presence, LORD. I pray in the powerful Name of Jesus, Your Son, the Word. Amen.

Isaiah 66:1-2 graphic: https://www.facebook.com/thedailybibleverses/

from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Isaiah

C. H. Spurgeon’s quote comes from No. 2071-35:97. A Sermon Delivered On Thursday Evening, May 1, 1884, By C. H. Spurgeon, At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

Graphic: Open Bible: https://www.jacobabshire.com/ + I added the text on Canva

“Tremble at the Word” http://www.rickeymacklin.com/tremble-at-his-word/

Were You There? An African American spiritual that probably predates the Civil War; was first published in William Barton’s Old Plantation Hymns (1899)

21 thoughts on “Tremble

  1. Trembling at His Words is such a super natural thing. Fear is earthly, which I can do in the flesh. But when the Word strikes a deep cord in my heart I think about a violin that when strikes a cord that gives cold chills. Or great singing with harmony that makes the hair stand up on ones arm. Thats built into us by our super natural God. Lovely post.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This has me thinking. I am a very progressive and manybe naive believer, believing that God is in essence loving and kind. This in a way contradicts fear, but as you say, tremble can also mean to stand in awe of. And that I definitely do. Visiting from Let’s Have Coffee.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hi What a thoughtful reflective word, thank you.
    Much to ponder on, I linked in from #Heart Encouragement, #26 and definitely a God-incident that I chose your blog as an extra one to read. I read Hosea 11:10 this morning “They will follow the Lord; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west.” And have just been reflecting on the Lord roaring like a lion – calling his people back to him – I hadn’t reflected on the second part of the verse – our response, until now!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh, I love this verse and the two verses after. Just had to go and read the other verses surrounding 10. Trembling like birds and doves…returning them to their homes. Word studies are my favorite way to study in some extra depth. Trembling is one of those words that has meanings from two or more spectrums so pondering is very necessary…for me too. Thanks for visiting me today and sharing your insights with me.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks…I need one these days as it does not quite look so neat as the photo. COVID-19 has kept me from being properly kept! : )Thanks for coming by. I think it is neat that you are speaking now…BTW!

      Like

  4. When I come here, I always learn – and you teach with such a gentle heart such powerful ideas! I have struggled with what the word fear really means biblically – and relationly with God – your definition of tremble has helped me understand it so much better! ~ Shalom! Maryleigh

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I, too, have struggled with “fear” and am grateful for the lessons I learn and relearn with this word. Our Holy Spirit is the true teacher as we read the Word of God. Thanks for coming by, Maryleigh.

      Like

  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on “tremble”. God’s word and Spirit does cause awe and trembling. I love “Were You There?” Now I will be singing it in my head all day long! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this extremely edifying post! I’ve been feeling this trembling lately, desiring to live wholly for God. Not that I don’t always have this desire, but lately, something is different and it is like I am craving it, to TRULY walk with the Lord in ALL my ways.

    I love Matthew Henry’s insights regarding Scripture passages and Charles Spurgeon is my favorite. He has a way of boiling things down in a convicting, but encouraging manner.

    I leave here today uplifted in the Lord. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Praising God for HIs Truth as we seek Him. I understand the feeling of urgency too in this COVID time of our lives. I, too, want to know Him better with each day passing. I want to tremble. Thanks, Karen, for encouraging me this morning too.

      Like

  7. Gaye Ellen Austin

    Thank you, Linda, for this insightful blog post. Surely we as His people ought to tremble for He is God in the heavens and we are on earth; “Do not be rash with your mouth or hasty in your heart to bring up a matter before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth! Therefore, let your words be few.” [Eccl 5]

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh, thank you for this powerful Scripture in Ecclesiastes. WOW! May my words be few!
      I have been thinking about you lately, praying you and David are well and doing fine! I am doing fine. Praising God for His goodness and calm in this storm. Love you, ~ linda

      Like

      1. You are welcome for the verse. One of my favorite chapters in the OT.
        Thanks for your sweet thoughts, we’re fine here and keeping busy doing ‘our’ thing each day. Keeping to a routine helps the boredom.
        Doing church online so that helps too. Yes praising God for His lovingkindness to us through this. It helps to have family close by even though we can’t see them physically, zoom is great for connections.

        Glad you are doing well and praising God through this.

        Liked by 1 person

Your words are woven in

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s