“Serve the Lord with fear, and celebrate His rule with trembling. Kiss His Son or He will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for His wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”
These two verses feel like a roller coaster of emotions for us and God: serve with fear, celebrate with trembling, anger, destruction, wrath and blessing. It’s easy for me to think about the loving grace and mercy of God, but Scripture gives account of God’s anger and wrath as well. What do I do with that? Do I simplify Him to just a loving God or His complexity described in His Word? If I am going to truly know Him, I must understand who He is according to Scripture. He isn’t only my loving friend, but He is the mighty God who created the world and everything in it with His spoken Word. He is the God I separate myself from because of my sin and He gets angry. Throughout the Old Testament it tells of God’s deep love for the Israelites and His wrath and anger when they put idols before Him and denied Him. Do I revere God with fear and trembling? Am I in the presence of a holy, perfect, mighty and powerful God or am I just hanging out with my friend Jesus, who forgives whatever I do? Let’s put it to the kiss test…
I’m drawn to verse 12 where it says, “Kiss His Son or He will be angry and your way will lead to destruction”. Have you ever heard or used the saying, “Do you kiss your mom with that mouth?” Is it a kiss, display of love, to Jesus when I have a mouth that complains, gossips, is hurtful, unkind, unloving, and full of pride(all of which lead to destruction and anger God)? What are some things that come out of your heart through your mouth? What would be a kiss to His Son? Could it be when we are worshiping Him, speaking of His blessings, love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, meditating on His Word, serving Him and loving others? Yes! How blessed are we to be able to take refuge in Him. That honors His mighty power and allows Him to use us for His purposes.